Ohio v. Clark

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-1352 Ohio Mar 2, 2015
Tr.Aud.
Jun 18, 2015 9-0 Alito OT 2014

Holding: The introduction at trial of statements made by a three-year-old boy to his teachers identifying his mother’s boyfriend as the source of his injuries did not violate the Confrontation Clause, when the child did not testify at trial, because the statements were not made with the primary purpose of creating evidence for prosecution.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 18, 2015. Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in the judgement, in which Justice Ginsburg joined. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in the judgement.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Dec 11 2013Application (13A930) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from March 24, 2014 to May 8, 2014, submitted to Justice Kagan.
Mar 13 2014Application (13A930) granted by Justice Kagan extending the time to file until May 8, 2014.
May 8 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 11, 2014)
May 8 2014Appendix of Ohio filed.
May 30 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including July 11, 2014.
Jun 5 2014Brief amicus curiae of Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association filed.
Jun 9 2014Brief amicus curiae of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children filed.
Jun 11 2014Brief amicus curiae of Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment & Appeals Project (DV LEAP) filed.
Jun 11 2014Brief amici curiae of Washington, et al. filed.
Jul 1 2014Brief of respondent Darius Clark in opposition filed.
Jul 1 2014Motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed by respondent Darius Clark.
Jul 16 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 29, 2014.
Jul 17 2014Reply of petitioner Ohio filed. (Distributed)
Oct 2 2014Motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed by respondent GRANTED.
Oct 2 2014Petition GRANTED.
Oct 22 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioner.
Oct 22 2014Motion to appoint counsel filed by respondent Darius Clark.
Oct 22 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondent.
Oct 29 2014Motion DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 14, 2014.
Nov 17 2014Motion to appoint counsel filed by respondent GRANTED. Jeffrey L. Fisher, Esquire, of Stanford, California, is appointed to serve as counsel for the respondent in this case.
Nov 17 2014Brief of petitioner Ohio filed.
Nov 17 2014Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed.)
Nov 21 2014Brief amicus curiae of Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed.
Nov 21 2014Brief amici curiae of New Mexico, and National District Attorneys Association filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amicus curiae of Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment & Appeals Project (DV LEAP) filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amicus curiae of Child Justice, Inc. filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amici curiae of National Education Association, et al. filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amici curiae of Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, et al. filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amici curiae of Fern L. Nesson and Charles R. Nesson filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amicus curiae of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children filed.
Nov 24 2014Brief amici curiae of Washington, et al. filed.
Dec 4 2014The time to file respondent's brief on the merits is extended to and including January 7, 2015.
Dec 11 2014Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Dec 22 2014SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Monday, March 2, 2015
Dec 22 2014Record requested from Supreme Court of Ohio.
Jan 7 2015CIRCULATED.
Jan 7 2015Brief of respondent Darius Clark filed. (Distributed)
Jan 12 2015Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED.
Jan 12 2015Record received from Supreme Court of Ohio, the record is electronic.
Jan 14 2015Brief amicus curiae of Innocence Network filed. (Distributed)
Jan 14 2015Brief amici curiae of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 14 2015Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed. (Distributed)
Jan 14 2015Brief amici curiae of Family Defense Center and Other Advocates for Families filed. (Distributed)
Jan 14 2015Brief amici curiae of Richard D.Friedman and Stephen J. Ceci filed. (Distributed)
Jan 14 2015Brief amici curiae of Southwestern Law Student Bernadette M. Bolan, Professors Norman M Garland, and Michael M. Epstein, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 30 2015Record received from Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals, Cuyahoga County. 1-Box.
Feb 4 2015Reply of petitioner Ohio filed. (Distributed)
Mar 2 2015Argued. For petitioner: Matthew Edmund Meyer, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Cleveland, Ohio; and Ilana Eisenstein, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondent: Jeffrey L. Fisher, Stanford, Cal.
Jun 18 2015Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Alito, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Scalia, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Ginsburg, J., joined. Thomas, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.
Jul 20 2015MANDATE ISSUED.
Jul 21 2015Record from Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals has been returned.
 
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