Details on today’s orders
on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm
This morning the Court issued additional orders from its January 6 Conference. The full order list is here. The Court affirmed the judgment below in Bluman v. FEC, in which a lower court rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of a federal law which prohibits non-citizens from making independent expenditures or campaign contributions in connection with any federal, state, or local elections. In three cases — Ikharo v. Holder (11-11217), Frederick v. Holder (11-135), and Khalid v. Holder (11-144) — the Court granted the petitions, vacated the decisions below, and remanded to the lower courts for further consideration in light of the Court’s recent decision in Judulang v. Holder. Another case, Bohnnan v. Thaler (11-5411), was granted, vacated, and remanded in light of Wall v. Kholi. The Court did not grant any new cases on the merits, nor did it call for the views of the Solicitor General in any cases. Included in the order list is a dissent from the denial of cert. with an opinion by Justices Scalia and Alito in Cash v. Maxwell. Justice Sotomayor has a statement respecting the denial.