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Collins v. Virginia

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-1027 Va. Jan 9, 2018
May 29, 2018 8-1 Sotomayor OT 2017

Holding: The Fourth Amendment’s automobile exception does not permit the warrantless entry of a home or its curtilage in order to search a vehicle therein.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor on May 29, 2018. Justice Thomas filed a concurring opinion. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Feb 21 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 27, 2017)
Mar 20 2017Waiver of right of respondent Virginia to respond filed.
Mar 27 2017Brief amici curiae of United States Justice Foundation, et al. filed.
Apr 05 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 21, 2017.
Apr 12 2017Response Requested. (Due May 12, 2017)
Apr 24 2017Order extending time to file response to petition to and including June 12, 2017.
Jun 07 2017Brief of respondent Virginia in opposition filed.
Jun 21 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 25, 2017.
Jun 22 2017Reply of petitioner Ryan Austin Collins filed. (Distributed)
Sep 28 2017Petition GRANTED.
Nov 13 2017Brief of petitioner Ryan A. Collins filed.
Nov 13 2017Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
Nov 17 2017SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Nov 17 2017Brief amicus curiae of Institute for Justice filed.
Nov 17 2017Brief amicus curiae of Restore the Fourth, Inc. filed.
Nov 20 2017Brief amicus curiae of Fourth Amendment Scholars filed. (Distributed)
Nov 20 2017Brief amicus curiae of The National Rifle Association Freedom Action Foundation filed.
Nov 20 2017Brief amicus curiae of The Rutherford Institute filed. (Distributed)
Nov 20 2017Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed.
Nov 20 2017Brief amici curiae of Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Nov 20 2017Brief amicus curiae of American Motorcyclist Association filed. (Distributed)
Nov 20 2017Brief amicus curiae of The Cato Institute filed.
Nov 22 2017CIRCULATED.
Dec 13 2017Brief of respondent Virginia filed.
Dec 18 2017Record requested from the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Jan 02 2018Reply of petitioner Ryan A. Collins filed. (Distributed)
Jan 04 2018Record received from the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Circuit Court of the county of Albemarle. (1 Envelope).
Jan 05 2018Record received from the Court of Appeals of Virginia. (1 Envelope).
Jan 09 2018Argued. For petitioner: Matthew A. Fitzgerald, Richmond, Va. For respondent: Trevor S. Cox, Acting Solicitor General of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
Jan 17 2018Record received from the Supreme Court of Virginia is electronic.
May 29 2018Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Sotomayor, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Gorsuch, JJ., joined. Thomas, J., filed a concurring opinion. Alito, J., filed a dissenting opinion.
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