Bernard v. Minnesota

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-1470 Minn. Apr 20, 2016
Tr.Aud.
Jun 23, 2016 6-2 Alito OT 2015

Holding: The Fourth Amendment permits warrantless breath tests incident to arrests for drunk driving but not warrantless blood tests.

Judgment: Affirmed, 6-2, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 23, 2016. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Ginsburg joined.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Jun 15 2015Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due July 16, 2015)
Jul 16 2015Brief of respondent Minnesota in opposition filed.
Aug 5 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 28, 2015.
Aug 5 2015Reply of petitioner William Robert Bernard, Jr. filed. (Distributed)
Aug 25 2015Rescheduled.
Nov 17 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 4, 2015.
Nov 30 2015Supplemental brief of petitioner William Robert Bernard, Jr. filed. (Distributed)
Dec 7 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 11, 2015.
Dec 11 2015Petition GRANTED The petitions for writs of certiorari in No. 14-1468 and No. 14-1507 are granted. The cases are consolidated and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument.
Jan 26 2016The time to file the joint appendix and petitioners' briefs on the merits is extended to and including February 4, 2016. VIDED
Jan 26 2016The time to file respondents' briefs on the merits is extended to and including March 15, 2016. VIDED
Feb 4 2016Brief of petitioner William Robert Bernard, Jr. filed.
Feb 4 2016Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner Danny Birchfield. VIDED.
Feb 8 2016Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by Indiana Tech Law School Amicus Project in support of neither party. VIDED.
Feb 9 2016Brief amici curiae of Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, et al. filed.
Feb 9 2016Brief amicus curiae of DUI Defense Lawyers Association filed. VIDED.
Feb 11 2016Brief amici curiae of Downsize DC Foundation, et al. filed. VIDED.
Feb 11 2016Brief amicus curiae of American Civil Liberties Union filed. VIDED.
Feb 11 2016Brief amici curiae of The National College for DUI Defense, and The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed. VIDED.
Feb 29 2016Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED. VIDED
Feb 29 2016Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by Indiana Tech Law School Amicus Project in support of neither party GRANTED. VIDED
Mar 4 2016SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Wednesday, April 20, 2016. VIDED
Mar 14 2016Record requested from the Supreme Court of Minnesota.
Mar 15 2016DISTRIBUTED.
Mar 15 2016Brief of respondent Minnesota filed. (Distributed)
Mar 16 2016Brief amicus curiae of The California District Attorneys Association filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 22 2016Brief amicus curiae of United States filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 22 2016Brief amici curiae of New Jersey and Seventeen Other States filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 22 2016Brief amici curiae of The Council of State Governments, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 22 2016Motion of the Solicitor General for enlargement of time for oral argument, for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed. VIDED.
Mar 22 2016Brief amicus curiae of Mothers Against Drunk Driving filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 22 2016Brief amici curiae of The National District Attorneys Association, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Mar 23 2016Record received from the Supreme Court of Minnesota is electronic.
Apr 4 2016Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae, for enlargement of time for oral argument, and for divided argument GRANTED. and the time is divided as follows: 35 minutes for petitioners, 15 minutes for respondent North Dakota, 10 minutes for respondent Minnesota, and 10 minutes for the Solicitor General. VIDED.
Apr 13 2016Reply of petitioner William Robert Bernard, Jr. filed. (Distributed.)
Apr 20 2016Argued. For petitioners: Charles A. Rothfeld, Washington, D. C. For respondents in Nos. 14-1468 & 14-1507: Thomas R. McCarthy, Arlington, Va. For respondent in 14-1470: Kathryn Keena, Assistant Dakota County Attorney, Hastings, Minn. For United States as amicus curiae in support of respondents: Ian H. Gershengorn, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. VIDED.
Jun 23 2016Judgment in No. 14-1468 REVERSED and case REMANDED. Judgment in No. 14-1470 AFFIRMED. Judgment in No. 14-1507 VACATED AND REMANDED. Alito, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Breyer, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Sotomayor, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Ginsburg, J., joined. Thomas, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part.
Jul 25 2016JUDGMENT ISSUED
Jul 25 2016MANDATE ISSUED
 
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