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Carney v. Adams

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-309 3rd Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether the First Amendment invalidates a longstanding state constitutional provision that limits judges affiliated with any one political party to no more than a “bare majority” on the state’s three highest courts, with the other seats reserved for judges affiliated with the “other major political party”; and (2) whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit erred in holding that a provision of the Delaware Constitution requiring that no more than a “bare majority” of three of the state courts may be made up of judges affiliated with any one political party is not severable from a provision that judges who are not members of the majority party on those courts must be members of the other “major political party,” when the former requirement existed for more than 50 years without the latter, and the former requirement, without the latter, continues to govern appointments to two other courts.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 11 2019Application (19A57) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from August 5, 2019 to October 4, 2019, submitted to Justice Alito.
Jul 16 2019Application (19A57) granted by Justice Alito extending the time to file until September 4, 2019.
Sep 04 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 7, 2019)
Sep 06 2019Supplement to list of directly related proceedings by petitioner filed.
Sep 23 2019Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Governor of Delaware.
Oct 02 2019Brief amici curiae of Professors filed.
Oct 07 2019Brief amicus curiae of Joel Edan Friedlander filed.
Oct 07 2019Brief amici curiae of Former Chief Justices of the Delaware Supreme Court filed.
Oct 07 2019Brief amici curiae of Former Governors of the State of Delaware filed.
Oct 07 2019Brief of respondent James R. Adams in opposition filed.
Oct 22 2019Reply of petitioner John C. Carney, Governor of Delaware filed.
Oct 23 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/8/2019.
Nov 12 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/15/2019.
Nov 18 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/22/2019.
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