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Barr v. Purkey

Application for stay or vacatur granted on July 15, 2020. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia's July 15, 2020, order granting a preliminary injunction is vacated. Justice Breyer dissented, joined by Justice Ginsburg. Justice Sotomayor dissented, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer and Kagan.

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20A9 USDC N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2019

Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C. (or its predecessor firm) has in the past served as counsel to Wesley Purkey, but neither the firm nor the author of this post was involved in this litigation.

Issue: Whether the Supreme Court should immediately stay or summarily vacate the district court's order enjoining respondent's execution.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 15 2020Application (20A9) for a stay or vacatur, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Jul 15 2020Response to application from respondent Wesley I. Purkey filed.
Jul 15 2020Reply of applicants William P. Barr, et al. filed.
Jul 16 2020Application (20A9) referred to the Court.
Jul 16 2020Application (20A9) granted by the Court. The application for stay or vacatur presented to THE CHIEF JUSTICE and by him referred to the Court is granted. The District Court’s July 15, 2020 order granting a preliminary injunction is vacated. (Detached Opinion). JUSTICE BREYER, with whom JUSTICE GINSBURG joins, dissenting. (Detached Opinion). JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, with whom JUSTICE GINSBURG, JUSTICE BREYER, and JUSTICE KAGAN join, dissenting.