Issue: Whether, under Section
404(c) of the Clean Water Act, which gives the Environmental Protection Agency authority to “prohibit the specification (including the withdrawal of specification) of any defined area as a disposal site” for dredged or fill material before the Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit to discharge that material, the EPA has the uncabined authority
to withdraw disposal site specifications years after
the Corps has issued a permit, thereby effectively
nullifying a permit properly issued by the Corps.
On Monday the Court issued orders from the April 24 Conference, which Lyle reported on. We expect one or more opinions in argued cases at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. We will be live-blogging beginning at 9:45.
This is the second week of the April sitting. On Tuesday the Court will hear oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, which is consolidated with three other cases, on the questions of whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states grant and/or recognize same-sex marriages. We will be live-blogging updates from the oral argument beginning at 11 a.m.
Glossip v. Gross The constitutionality under the Eighth Amendment of using a sedative as the first drug in a death penalty protocol.