|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issues: (1) Whether a petitioner’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter, based on words alone, violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment when the petitioner’s communications, which were found to have caused the deceased’s suicide, did not constitute speech that was “an integral part of conduct in violation of a valid criminal statute,” Giboney v. Empire Storage & Ice Co.; and (2) whether the petitioner’s conviction violated the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment because in assisted- or encouraged-suicide cases the common law of involuntary manslaughter fails to provide reasonably clear guidelines to prevent “arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement,” McDonnell v. United States.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Apr 24 2019||Application (18A1112) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from May 7, 2019 to July 6, 2019, submitted to Justice Breyer.|
|Apr 29 2019||Application (18A1112) granted by Justice Breyer extending the time to file until July 8, 2019.|
|Jul 08 2019||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 12, 2019)|
|Aug 09 2019||Waiver of right of respondent Commonwealth of Massachusetts to respond filed.|
|Aug 14 2019||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/1/2019.|
|Aug 22 2019||Response Requested. (Due September 23, 2019)|
|Sep 12 2019||Motion to extend the time to file a response from September 23, 2019 to November 22, 2019, submitted to The Clerk.|
|Sep 17 2019||Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including November 22, 2019.|
|Nov 22 2019||Brief of respondent Commonwealth of Massachusetts in opposition filed.|
|Dec 09 2019||Reply of petitioner Michelle Carter filed.|
|Dec 11 2019||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/10/2020.|
|Jan 13 2020||Petition DENIED.|
JUST IN: The Supreme Court agrees to take up five new cases, including an appeal from a high school football coach who lost his job after he prayed on the field.
#SCOTUS will have more opinions next Thursday at 10 am.
A workplace vaccine-or-test requirement that would have covered 84 million workers -- blocked. A vaccine mandate for over 10 million health care workers -- allowed to take effect.
Full analysis from @AHoweBlogger on this afternoon's rulings:
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