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American Civil Liberties Union v. United States

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-1499 F.I.S.C.R. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, like other Article III courts, has jurisdiction to consider a motion asserting that the First Amendment provides a qualified public right of access to the court’s significant opinions, and whether the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review has jurisdiction to consider an appeal from the denial of such a motion; and (2) whether the First Amendment provides a qualified right of public access to the FISC’s significant opinions.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Apr 19 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due May 27, 2021)
Apr 29 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from May 27, 2021 to June 28, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Apr 30 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including June 28, 2021.
May 11 2021Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, American Civil Liberties Union
May 27 2021Brief amici curiae of Former United States Magistrate Judges filed.
May 27 2021Brief amici curiae of The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Americans for Prosperity Foundation filed.
May 27 2021Brief amicus curiae of Microsoft Corporation filed.
May 27 2021Brief amicus curiae of Professor Stephen I. Vladeck filed.
May 27 2021Brief amici curiae of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 34 Media Organizations filed.
May 27 2021Brief amicus curiae of Project for Privacy & Surveillance Accountability filed.
May 27 2021Amicus brief of Former Government Officials submitted.
Jun 21 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from June 28, 2021 to July 28, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Jun 22 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including July 28, 2021.
Jul 14 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from July 28, 2021 to August 27, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Jul 15 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including August 27, 2021.
Aug 27 2021Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed.
Sep 14 2021Reply of petitioner American Civil Liberties Union filed. (Distributed)
Sep 15 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/8/2021.