|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is counsel on an amicus brief in support of petitioners in this case.
Issue: Whether the Texas Supreme Court’s decision awarding the sanctuary and rectory of the petitioner, All Saints’ Episcopal Church (Fort Worth), to a dissident faction in contravention of the will of petitioner’s parishioners and an express-trust provision is consistent with the free exercise and establishment clauses.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Oct 19 2020||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 23, 2020)|
|Nov 16 2020||Motion to extend the time to file a response from November 23, 2020 to December 23, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.|
|Nov 17 2020||Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including December 23, 2020.|
|Nov 18 2020||Brief amicus curiae of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America filed.|
|Nov 23 2020||Brief amicus curiae of The Rutherford Institute filed. VIDED.|
|Nov 23 2020||Brief amici curiae of General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Dec 23 2020||Brief of respondents The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, et al. in opposition filed. VIDED|
|Jan 06 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/22/2021.|
|Jan 06 2021||Reply of petitioner All Saints' Episcopal Church (Fort Worth) filed. (Distributed)|
|Feb 12 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/19/2021.|
|Feb 22 2021||Petition DENIED.|
Today at SCOTUS: The justices return to the bench for oral arguments in a pair of public-corruption cases, both stemming from scandals in New York politics that arose during Andrew Cuomo's time as governor. In both cases, the defendants are claiming prosecutorial overreach.
Cecilia (Cissy) Suyat Marshall, the widow of Thurgood Marshall, died this morning at 94. Here is the court's announcement.
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The brief order may end years of litigation over the committee's efforts to review the tax records of Trump and his businesses.
JUST IN: Whisky, dog toys... and trademark law.
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In a quiet Monday morning order list, SCOTUS adds no new cases to its docket. The court will not hear Brooks v. Abbott, a challenge to an alleged racial gerrymander of a state senate district in Texas. Here's the full order list: https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/112122zor_7lhn.pdf
JUST IN: The Biden administration, as expected, asks the Supreme Court to revive Biden's student-loan relief plan. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit blocked the government from implementing the plan; Biden wants SCOTUS to lift that ruling. https://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/22A444-2.pdf