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Bucklew v. Precythe

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
17-8151 8th Cir. Nov 6, 2018
TBD TBD TBD OT 2018

Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is counsel on an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in this case.

Issues: (1) Whether a court evaluating an as-applied challenge to a state’s method of execution based on an inmate’s rare and severe medical condition should assume that medical personnel are competent to manage his condition and that procedure will go as intended; (2) whether evidence comparing a state’s method of execution with an alternative proposed by an inmate must be offered via a single witness, or whether a court at summary judgment must look to the record as a whole to determine whether a factfinder could conclude that the two methods significantly differ in the risks they pose to the inmate; (3) whether the Eighth Amendment requires an inmate to prove an adequate alternative method of execution when raising an as-applied challenge to the state’s proposed method of execution based on his rare and severe medical condition; and (4) whether petitioner Russell Bucklew met his burden under Glossip v. Gross to prove what procedures would be used to administer his proposed alternative method of execution, the severity and duration of pain likely to be produced, and how they compare to the state’s method of execution.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Mar 15 2018Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due April 16, 2018)
Mar 15 2018Application (17A911) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Gorsuch.
Mar 16 2018Brief of respondents Anne Precythe, et al. in opposition filed.
Mar 19 2018Reply of petitioner Russell Bucklew filed.
Mar 20 2018Application (17A911) referred to the Court.
Mar 20 2018Application (17A911) granted by the Court. The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Gorsuch and by him referred to the Court is granted pending the disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari. Should the petition for a writ of certiorari be denied, this stay shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the stay shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court. The Chief Justice, Justice Thomas, Justice Alito, and Justice Gorsuch would deny the application for stay of execution.
Mar 22 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/13/2018.
Apr 06 2018Brief amici curiae of The American Civil Liberties Union, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 16 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/20/2018.
Apr 23 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 4/27/2018.
Apr 30 2018Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED. In addition to the questions presented in the petition, the parties are directed to brief and argue the following Question: Whether petitioner met his burden under Glossip v. Gross, 576 U. S. ____ (2015), to prove what procedures would be used to administer his proposed alternative method of execution, the severity and duration of pain likely to be produced, and how they compare to the State's method of execution.
May 08 2018Motion for an extension of time filed.
May 16 2018Motion to extend the time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits granted and the time is extended to and including July 16, 2018.
Jun 26 2018Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Russell Bucklew
Jul 06 2018Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Anne Precythe, et al.
Jul 16 2018Brief of petitioner Russell Bucklew filed.
Jul 16 2018Petitioner's Unopposed Motion to File Joint Appendix -- Volume III Under Seal of Russell Bucklew not accepted for filing. (Amended motion submitted.) (August 15, 2018)
Jul 16 2018Joint appendix (2 volumes) filed. (Statement of costs filed)
Jul 20 2018Brief amici curiae of The American Civil Liberties Union, et al. filed.
Jul 23 2018Brief amicus curiae of American Medical Association in support of neither party filed.
Jul 23 2018Brief amicus curiae of Megan McCracken and Jennifer Moreno filed.
Jul 23 2018Brief amicus curiae of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Health Policy Experts filed.
Jul 23 2018Brief amicus curiae of Association for Accessible Medicines in support of neither party filed.
Jul 23 2018Brief amicus curiae of Former Judges and Prosecutors filed.
Jul 23 2018Brief amici curiae of Scholars and Academics of Constitutional Law filed.
Jul 23 2018Brief amici curiae of Former Corrections Officials filed.
Aug 15 2018Brief of respondent Anne Precythe, et al. filed.
Aug 15 2018Motion to file Volume III of the joint appendix under seal with redacted copy of transcript for public record filed by petitioner Russell Bucklew.
Aug 20 2018SET FOR ARGUMENT on Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Aug 22 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/24/2018.
Aug 22 2018Brief amici curiae of States of Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming filed. (Distributed)
Aug 22 2018Brief amici curiae of Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, Inc., and Melissa Sanders filed. (Distributed)
Sep 10 2018Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 8th Circuit.
Sep 10 2018Letter to Clerk of Anne Precythe, et al. submitted.
Sep 12 2018CIRCULATED
Sep 14 2018Reply of petitioner Russell Bucklew filed. (Distributed)
Sep 19 2018Record received from the U.S.C.A. 8th Circuit. The record is complete. (1 Box).
 
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