|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|14-1470||Minn.||Apr 20, 2016||Jun 23, 2016||6-2||Alito||OT 2015|
Holding: The Fourth Amendment permits warrantless breath tests incident to arrests for drunk driving but not warrantless blood tests.
Judgment: Affirmed, 6-2, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 23, 2016. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Ginsburg joined.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Jun 15 2015||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due July 16, 2015)|
|Jul 16 2015||Brief of respondent Minnesota in opposition filed.|
|Aug 5 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 28, 2015.|
|Aug 5 2015||Reply of petitioner William Robert Bernard, Jr. filed. (Distributed)|
|Aug 25 2015||Rescheduled.|
|Nov 17 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 4, 2015.|
|Nov 30 2015||Supplemental brief of petitioner William Robert Bernard, Jr. filed. (Distributed)|
|Dec 7 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 11, 2015.|
|Dec 11 2015||Petition GRANTED The petitions for writs of certiorari in No. 14-1468 and No. 14-1507 are granted. The cases are consolidated and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument.|
|Jan 26 2016||The time to file the joint appendix and petitioners' briefs on the merits is extended to and including February 4, 2016. VIDED|
|Jan 26 2016||The time to file respondents' briefs on the merits is extended to and including March 15, 2016. VIDED|
|Feb 4 2016||Brief of petitioner William Robert Bernard, Jr. filed.|
|Feb 4 2016||Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner Danny Birchfield. VIDED.|
|Feb 8 2016||Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by Indiana Tech Law School Amicus Project in support of neither party. VIDED.|
|Feb 9 2016||Brief amici curiae of Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, et al. filed.|
|Feb 9 2016||Brief amicus curiae of DUI Defense Lawyers Association filed. VIDED.|
|Feb 11 2016||Brief amici curiae of Downsize DC Foundation, et al. filed. VIDED.|
|Feb 11 2016||Brief amicus curiae of American Civil Liberties Union filed. VIDED.|
|Feb 11 2016||Brief amici curiae of The National College for DUI Defense, and The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed. VIDED.|
|Feb 29 2016||Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED. VIDED|
|Feb 29 2016||Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by Indiana Tech Law School Amicus Project in support of neither party GRANTED. VIDED|
|Mar 4 2016||SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Wednesday, April 20, 2016. VIDED|
|Mar 14 2016||Record requested from the Supreme Court of Minnesota.|
|Mar 15 2016||DISTRIBUTED.|
|Mar 15 2016||Brief of respondent Minnesota filed. (Distributed)|
|Mar 16 2016||Brief amicus curiae of The California District Attorneys Association filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 22 2016||Brief amicus curiae of United States filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 22 2016||Brief amici curiae of New Jersey and Seventeen Other States filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 22 2016||Brief amici curiae of The Council of State Governments, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 22 2016||Motion of the Solicitor General for enlargement of time for oral argument, for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed. VIDED.|
|Mar 22 2016||Brief amicus curiae of Mothers Against Drunk Driving filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 22 2016||Brief amici curiae of The National District Attorneys Association, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)|
|Mar 23 2016||Record received from the Supreme Court of Minnesota is electronic.|
|Apr 4 2016||Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae, for enlargement of time for oral argument, and for divided argument GRANTED. and the time is divided as follows: 35 minutes for petitioners, 15 minutes for respondent North Dakota, 10 minutes for respondent Minnesota, and 10 minutes for the Solicitor General. VIDED.|
|Apr 13 2016||Reply of petitioner William Robert Bernard, Jr. filed. (Distributed.)|
|Apr 20 2016||Argued. For petitioners: Charles A. Rothfeld, Washington, D. C. For respondents in Nos. 14-1468 & 14-1507: Thomas R. McCarthy, Arlington, Va. For respondent in 14-1470: Kathryn Keena, Assistant Dakota County Attorney, Hastings, Minn. For United States as amicus curiae in support of respondents: Ian H. Gershengorn, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. VIDED.|
|Jun 23 2016||Judgment in No. 14-1468 REVERSED and case REMANDED. Judgment in No. 14-1470 AFFIRMED. Judgment in No. 14-1507 VACATED AND REMANDED. Alito, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Breyer, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Sotomayor, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Ginsburg, J., joined. Thomas, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part.|
|Jul 25 2016||JUDGMENT ISSUED|
|Jul 25 2016||MANDATE ISSUED|
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