|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|20-639||D. Nev.||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||OT 2020|
Issues: (1) Whether Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s favoring of secular over religious gatherings — for example, under Directive 021, casinos, restaurants, indoor amusements parks, bowling alleys, water parks, pools, arcades and more are subject to a 50-percent fire-code-capacity limit, but places of worship are limited to no more than 50 people, whatever their facilities’ size — violates the free exercise clause; and (2) whether the governor’s favoring of secular over religious gatherings violates the free speech and assembly clauses.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Nov 05 2020||Petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment filed. (Response due December 10, 2020)|
|Dec 10 2020||Amicus brief of Religious Organizations not accepted for filing. (December 10, 2020) (Corrected brief filed)|
|Dec 10 2020||Response to petition from respondent Frank Hunewill filed.|
|Dec 10 2020||Brief amici curiae of Islam And Religious Freedom Action Team and Jewish Coalition For Religious Liberty filed.|
|Dec 10 2020||Brief amicus curiae of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed.|
|Dec 10 2020||Brief amici curiae of Kentucky, et al. filed.|
|Dec 10 2020||Brief amici curiae of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, National Association of Evangelicals, and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod filed.|
|Dec 10 2020||Brief amicus curiae of Religious Organizations filed.|
|Dec 22 2020||Reply of petitioner Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley filed. (Distributed)|
|Dec 23 2020||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/8/2021.|
|Jan 11 2021||The respondents are directed to file a response to the petition on or before noon, Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Petitioner may file a reply brief on or before noon, Thursday, January 21, 2021.|
|Jan 19 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/22/2021.|
|Jan 19 2021||Brief of respondents Steve Sisolak, in his official capacity as Governor of Nevada, et al. in opposition filed.|
|Jan 21 2021||Reply of petitioner Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley filed. (Distributed)|
|Jan 25 2021||Petition DENIED.|
Monday's decision rejecting sentence reductions for low-level crack-cocaine offenders may have been unanimous, but @ekownyankah writes that there is far more going on than the ruling's dry textual analysis might indicate. Read his incisive analysis here:
After decades, Congress reduced the racially unjust crack/cocaine disparity... raising amounts required for prison time. Why would Congress have left small time dealers to rot in prison for decades?
My thoughts on SCOTUS's ruling in Terry v. United States:https://www.scotusblog.com/2021/06/unanimous-ruling-on-crack-cocaine-disparity-is-heavy-on-text-light-on-history/
No more SCOTUS opinions for today. There are 18 cases still outstanding from the current term, including disputes over Obamacare, religious rights and voting rights. The next opinion day that we know of is Thursday.
SCOTUS rules 9-0 that people convicted of certain low-level crack-cocaine offenses are not eligible for re-sentencing under the First Step Act, a 2018 law that made some criminal-justice reforms retroactive. Here is the opinion in Terry v. United States. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/20-5904_i4dk.pdf
SCOTUS sides with the gov in 2 cases about whether certain criminal defendants are entitled to new trials / new plea hearings as a result of the court's 2019 ruling in Rehaif v. United States which narrowed a federal law barring people with felony convictions from possessing guns
In a relatively quiet Monday morning order list, SCOTUS takes up no new cases. But it does invite the federal government to submit a brief on the pending petition that asks the justices to take up a challenge to Harvard's affirmative action policy. https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/061421zor_6j36.pdf
The Supreme Court will release orders at 9:30 a.m. ET followed by opinion(s?) at 10:00.
There are 21 opinions outstanding including Obamacare, LGBTQ+ rights vs. religious liberty, and student speech.
We’ll crank up the live blog at 9:25. Join us!
Announcement of orders and opinions for Monday, June 14 - SCOTUSblog
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