Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the March 24 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton. Ronald Mann has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Ronald Mann has our preview.

Nichols v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
15-5238 10th Cir. Mar 1, 2016
Tr.Aud.
Apr 4, 2016 8-0 Alito OT 2015

Holding: The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which makes it a federal crime for certain sex offenders to “knowingly fai[l] to register or update a registration,” and requires sex offenders who move to another state to, “no later than 3 business days after each change of name, residence, employment, or student status,” inform in person at least one jurisdiction “where the offender resides, . . . is an employee, and . . . is a student,” did not require Lester Nichols, a registered sex offender, to update his registration in Kansas once he left the state and moved to the Philippines.

Judgment: Reversed, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Alito on April 4, 2016.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Jul 14 2015Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due August 17, 2015)
Aug 12 2015Order extending time to file response to petition to and including September 16, 2015.
Sep 16 2015Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed.
Sep 25 2015Reply of petitioner Lester Ray Nichols filed.
Oct 1 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 16, 2015.
Oct 26 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 30, 2015.
Nov 2 2015DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 6, 2015.
Nov 6 2015Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED limited to Question 1 presented by the petition.
Dec 15 2015The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including December 23, 2015.
Dec 15 2015The time to file respondent's brief on the merits is extended to and including January 26, 2016.
Dec 23 2015SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Dec 23 2015Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
Dec 23 2015Brief of petitioner Lester Ray Nichols filed.
Jan 4 2016Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 10th Circuit.
Jan 7 2016Record received from the U.S.C.A. 10th Circuit is electronic and located on PACER with the exception of 1 envelope.
Jan 15 2016CIRCULATED.
Jan 26 2016Brief of respondent United States filed. (Distributed)
Feb 10 2016Supplemental brief of respondent United States filed. (Distributed)
Feb 19 2016Reply of petitioner Lester Ray Nichols filed. (Distributed)
Mar 1 2016Argued. For petitioner: Daniel T. Hansmeier, Kansas City, Kan. For respondent: Curtis E. Gannon, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C.
Apr 4 2016Judgment REVERSED. Alito, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.
May 6 2016JUDGMENT ISSUED
 
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