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 -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

United States v. Stevens

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-769 3rd Cir. Oct 6, 2009
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Apr 20, 2010 8-1 Roberts OT 2009

Holding: A federal statute that criminalizes depictions of animal cruelty in videotapes and other commercial media is unconstitutional.

Judgment: Affirmed, 8-1, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on April 20, 2010. Justice Alito dissented.

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