Issue: (1) Whether the Compensation Clause prohibited Congress from disallowing certain annual increases in judicial salary contemplated by the Ethics Reform Act of 1989 when the statutes disallowing those increases were enacted into law before the increases were scheduled to take effect; and (2) whether, under the Act of Nov. 28, 2001, Congress’s failure in 2007 and 2010 to pass specific legislation authorizing judicial salary increases prevented increases for those years from taking effect.
On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the April 24 Conference. 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.