Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the February 24 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, March 1.

Sterling v. United States

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term

Issue: Whether the existence of a forced choice between what religion and government command is necessary to establish a “substantial burden” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Oct 11 2016Application (16A353) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from November 8, 2016 to December 23, 2016, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Oct 12 2016Application (16A353) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until December 23, 2016.
Dec 23 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due January 27, 2017)
Jan 4 2017Waiver of right of respondent United States to respond filed.
Jan 11 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 17, 2017.
Jan 13 2017Response Requested . (Due February 13, 2017)
Jan 13 2017Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or neither party, received from counsel for petitioner.
Jan 27 2017Brief amici curiae of Texas, et al. filed.
Jan 27 2017Brief amicus curiae of LTC Kamal S. Kalsi, D.O., U.S.A.R. filed.
Jan 27 2017Brief amici curiae of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, et al. filed.
Feb 8 2017Order extending time to file response to petition to and including March 15, 2017.
Feb 10 2017Brief amicus curiae of Foundation for Moral Law filed.
Feb 13 2017Brief amicus curiae of Dr. S. Simcha Goldman filed.
Feb 13 2017Brief amicus curiae of Retired Generals filed.
Feb 13 2017Brief amici curiae of 36 Members of Congress filed.
Feb 14 2017Brief amicus curiae of The Military Religious Freedom Foundation filed.
Term Snapshot