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 -- we would not expect orders granting certiorari today.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration v. Nelson

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-530 9th Cir. Oct 5, 2010
Jan 19, 2011 8-0 Alito OT 2010

Holding: The Court upheld NASA's background checks for employees of companies working under contract. (Kagan, J., recused).

Plain English Holding: NASA's background checks for employees of companies working under contracts with the agency do not violate any constitutional right to informational privacy that the employees may have.

Judgment: Reversed, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Alito on January 19, 2011. (Kagan, J., recused).

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  • Opinion Below (9th Circuit, denial of rehearing en banc)
  • Petition for Certiorari (unavailable)
  • Brief in Opposition (unavailable)
  • Petitioner’s Reply (unavailable)
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