Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Carcieri v. Kempthorne

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-526 1st Cir. Nov 3, 2008
Tr.
Feb 24, 2009 6-3 Thomas OT 2008

Issue: Whether the Narrangansett Tribe may receive benefits under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 if the Tribe was not federally recognized on the date of enactment, and whether the Rhode Island Indian Claims Settlement Act foreclosed the Tribe’s right to exercise sovereignty over land in the state.

Judgment: Reversed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas on February 24, 2009.

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