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Justice Neil Gorsuch has asked Missouri to respond by Thursday to an application by Planned Parenthood asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a lower court's order blocking the state from enforcing two of its abortion requirements. Amy Howe covers the application at this link.
Today the Supreme Court denied a motion by the challengers in two Texas redistricting cases. The challengers had asked the justices to speed up consideration of the state's request to weigh in on the merits of two lower-court orders striking down two of the state's federal congressional districts and the map for the lower house of the state's legislature. The justices have already put those lower-court orders on hold.

Brown v. Buhman

Petition for certiorari denied on January 23, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-333 10th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 16

Issue: (1) Whether the government can seek to moot a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a statute by adopting a new non-enforcement policy during the pendency of litigation; (2) whether the government can later moot by voluntary cessation a subsequently filed lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a statute under which the government publicly threatened a party with prosecution; and (3) when a district court makes underlying findings of fact in the course of adjudicating a claim under the voluntary cessation doctrine, under what standard of review those findings should be examined on appeal.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Aug 1 2016Application (16A117) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from August 11, 2016 to September 10, 2016, submitted to Justice Sotomayor.
Aug 3 2016Application (16A117) granted by Justice Sotomayor extending the time to file until September 10, 2016.
Sep 12 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 17, 2016)
Oct 14 2016Waiver of right of respondent Jeffrey R. Buhman to respond filed.
Oct 25 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 10, 2016.
Oct 26 2016Response Requested . (Due November 25, 2016)
Nov 10 2016Order extending time to file response to petition to and including December 27, 2016.
Dec 27 2016Brief of respondent Jeffrey R. Buhman in opposition filed.
Jan 3 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 19, 2017.
Jan 3 2017Reply of petitioners Kody Brown, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 23 2017Petition DENIED.
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