|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|19-1258||9th Cir.||Mar 2, 2021||TBD||TBD||TBD||OT 2020|
Issues: (1) Whether Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act compels states to authorize any voting practice that would be used disproportionately by racial minorities, even if existing voting procedures are race-neutral and offer all voters an equal opportunity to vote; and (2) whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit correctly held that Arizona’s ballot-harvesting prohibition was tainted by discriminatory intent even though the legislators were admittedly driven by partisan interests and by supposedly “unfounded” concerns about voter fraud.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Apr 27 2020||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 1, 2020)|
|May 04 2020||Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Arizona Republican Party, et al.|
|May 20 2020||Motion of respondent Katie Hobbs, Arizona Secretary of State to extend the time to file a response from June 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.|
|May 20 2020||Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including July 1, 2020, for all respondents.|
|Jun 01 2020||Brief amici curiae of Elijah Haahr, et al. filed. VIDED|
|Jun 01 2020||Brief amici curiae of Governor Douglas A. Ducey, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Jul 01 2020||Brief of respondent Katie Hobbs, Arizona Secretary of State in opposition filed. VIDED.|
|Jul 01 2020||Brief of respondents Democratic National Committee, et al. in opposition filed. VIDED.|
|Jul 29 2020||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/29/2020.|
|Jul 29 2020||Reply of petitioners Arizona Republican Party, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Oct 02 2020||Petition GRANTED. The petition for a writ of certiorari in No. 19-1257 is granted. The cases are consolidated, and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. VIDED.|
|Oct 02 2020||Because the Court has consolidated these cases for briefing and oral argument, future filings and activity in the cases will now be reflected on the docket of No. 19-1257. Subsequent filings in these cases must therefore be submitted through the electronic filing system in No. 19-1257. Each document submitted in connection with one or more of these cases must include on its cover the case number and caption for each case in which the filing is intended to be submitted. Where a filing is submitted in fewer than all of the cases, the docket entry will reflect the case number(s) in which the filing is submitted; a document filed in all of the consolidated cases will be noted as “VIDED.”|
|Dec 31 2020||SET FOR ARGUMENT on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. VIDED.|
|Jan 22 2021||CIRCULATED|
|Jan 25 2021||Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.|
|Jan 28 2021||Record from the U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit electronic and located on Pacer.|
|Feb 24 2021||USDC, D. Ariz. plaintiffs' exhibits electronically received. VIDED.|
|Feb 24 2021||USDC, D. Ariz. defendants' exhibits electronically received. VIDED.|
|Mar 02 2021||Argued. For petitioners in 19-1258: Michael A. Carvin, Washington, D. C. For petitioners in 19-1257: Mark Brnovich, Attorney General, Phoenix, Ariz. For respondent Secretary Hobbs: Jessica R. Amunson, Washington, D. C. For respondents DNC, et al.: Bruce V. Spiva, Washington, D. C. VIDED.|
In yet another Friday night shadow docket order, a divided Supreme Court sides with challengers to California’s COVID-related restrictions. Brief per curiam opinion and dissent from Justice Kagan: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/20a151_4g15.pdf
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President Biden will sign an executive order authorizing a commission to study Supreme Court reform. The commission will review “the length of service and turnover of justices on the court; the membership and size of the court” among other topics.
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In a Monday evening shadow-docket filing, Tennessee asks the Supreme Court to reinstate a state law that imposes a 48-hour waiting period for patients to abortions. A federal judge struck down the waiting period as unconstitutional. @AHoweBlogger explains:
Tennessee asks court to restore waiting period for abortions - SCOTUSblog
Tennessee filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court on Monday, asking the justices for permission to enforce...
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