Petitions of the week
on Oct 3, 2019 at 9:30 am
This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, whether the phrase “crime involving moral turpitude” in the Immigration and Nationality Act is void for vagueness and what showing is necessary to satisfy scrutiny of laws affecting the freedoms of speech and association outside the election context.
The petitions of the week are below the jump:
Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra
Issue: Whether the exacting scrutiny the Supreme Court has long required of laws that abridge the freedoms of speech and association outside the election context – as called for by NAACP v. Alabama ex rel. Patterson and its progeny – can be satisfied absent any showing that a blanket governmental demand for the individual identities and addresses of major donors to private nonprofit organizations is narrowly tailored to an asserted law-enforcement interest.
Park Properties Associates, L.P. v. United States
Issue: Whether the Court of Federal Claims has jurisdiction over a breach-of-contract claim against the government when the government signs a contract that establishes contractual obligations for the government but interposes a third-party as a “contract administrator.”
Mercado-Ramirez v. Barr
Issues: (1) Whether the phrase “crime involving moral turpitude” in the Immigration and Nationality Act is void for vagueness; and (2) whether an agency may apply its new rule retroactively to a noncitizen who pleaded guilty relying on the agency’s previous rule.