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City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-1412 9th Cir. Mar 23, 2015
Tr.Aud.
May 18, 2015 6-2 Alito OT 2014

Holding: Police officers who forcibly entered the room of a woman with a mental disability and shot her are entitled to qualified immunity from a lawsuit seeking redress for the woman’s injuries, because there was no clearly established law requiring them to accommodate her mental illness.

Judgment: Reversed in part and remanded, 6-2, in an opinion by Justice Alito on May 18, 2015. Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Justice Kagan joined. Justice Breyer took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
May 22 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 26, 2014)
May 29 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counselt for the petitioner
Jun 3 2014Waiver of right of respondent Teresa Sheehan to respond filed.
Jun 3 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondent.
Jun 18 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 29, 2014.
Jun 23 2014Response Requested . (Due July 23, 2014)
Jun 26 2014Brief amici curiae of California State Association of Counties, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jun 26 2014Brief amici curiae of International Municipal Lawyers Association, and National Sheriffs' Association filed.
Jul 9 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including September 9, 2014.
Aug 14 2014Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including October 14, 2014.
Oct 13 2014Brief of respondent Teresa Sheehan in opposition filed.
Oct 23 2014Reply of petitioners City and County of San Francisco, California, et al. filed.
Oct 29 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 14, 2014.
Nov 17 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 25, 2014.
Nov 25 2014Petition GRANTED. Justice Breyer took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition.
Dec 17 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for petitioners.
Dec 18 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondent.
Jan 9 2015Joint appendix filed (2 volumes). (Statement of costs filed)
Jan 9 2015Brief of petitioners City and County of San Francisco, California, et al. filed.
Jan 16 2015Brief amicus curiae of the United States supporting vacatur in part and reversal in part filed.
Jan 16 2015Brief amici curiae of National League of Cities, et al. filed.
Jan 16 2015Brief amici curiae of International Municipal Lawyers Association, et al. filed.
Feb 2 2015SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Monday, March 23, 2015
Feb 3 2015Record requested from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.
Feb 3 2015Record from U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit is electronic and located on PACER.
Feb 6 2015Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Feb 9 2015Brief of respondent Teresa Sheehan filed. (Distributed)
Feb 12 2015CIRCULATED
Feb 13 2015Brief amici curiae of American Civil Liberties Union, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Feb 17 2015Brief amici curiae of American Psychiatric Association, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Feb 17 2015Brief amicus curiae of Policy Council on Law Enforcement and the Mentally Ill filed. (Distributed)
Feb 17 2015Brief amicus curiae of National Police Accountability Project filed. (Distributed)
Feb 17 2015Brief amicus curiae of Eugene De Boise, Sr. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 9 2015Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED. Justice Breyer took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion.
Mar 11 2015Reply of petitioners City and County of San Francisco, California, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 23 2015Joint lodging proposal from counsel for petitioners and respondent.
Mar 23 2015Argued. For petitioners: Christine Van Aken, Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco, Cal.; and Ian H. Gershengorn, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondent: Leonard Feldman, Seattle, Wash.
May 18 2015Certiorari dismissed in part; reversed in part and remanded. Alito, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor, JJ., joined. Scalia, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Kagan, J., joined. Justice Breyer took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition.
 
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