Issue: Whether Texas’s use of the In re Briseno factors -- under which Texas assesses mental retardation using seven factors invented by the state court that rely heavily on the facts of the crime, have no basis in scientific literature, and conflict with the nationally accepted clinical definition of mental retardation relied on in Atkins v. Virginia -- is contrary to or an unreasonable application of Atkins v. Virginia, where these non-clinical criteria depart from the national consensus definition of mental retardation, are unrelated to a reliable determination of mental retardation, and permit the execution of mentally retarded offenders.
On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the March 7 Conference, followed by one or more opinions in argued cases at 10:00 a.m. The live blog will be available here beginning at 9:15. The next Conference is scheduled for March 21. Our list of "Petitions to watch" for that Conference will be available soon.
Upcoming Oral Arguments
Wood v. Moss Secret Service agents’ plea for immunity from lawsuit for actions taken against demonstrators who were opposed to the president’s policies.
Clark v. Rameker Whether an Individual Retirement Account that an individual inherited rather than created personally is exempted from a bankruptcy estate
Justice Elena Kagan delivers the 2014 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture on Women and the Law at the New York City Bar Association, where (among other things) she attributes the “gulf between Justice Ginsburg’s career and” hers to the work of Justice Ginsburg herself.
Awarded the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media.
Sigma Delta Chi
Awarded the Sigma Delta Chi deadline reporting award for online coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
National Press Club Award
Awarded the National Press Club's Breaking News Award for coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
Silver Gavel Award
Awarded the Silver Gavel Award by the American Bar Association for fostering the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.
American Gavel Award
Awarded the American Gavel Award for Distinguished Reporting About the Judiciary to recognize the highest standards of reporting about courts and the justice system.