|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.|
NEW: SCOTUS agrees to take up NINE new cases, including Gonzalez v. Google, involving the scope of tech companies' immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The order list is not yet posted on the court's website, but here is a link: https://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/100322ZOR.pdf
Today at SCOTUS: It's the opening day of the 2022-23 term. At 9:30 a.m. EDT, the court will issue orders, which may include cert grants from last week's "long conference." Then, at 10, the court will hear two arguments as Ketanji Brown Jackson takes the bench for the first time.
Goodbye SCOTUS, a fond farewell . . .
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Art Lien, AKA @Courtartist, retired over the summer after 45 years drawing the Supreme Court. For the last nine of those years, Art worked for SCOTUSblog. We're honoring his journalism with a retrospective on his work. Trust us, it's a feast for the eyes:
Forty-five years of visual journalism from a supremely talented court artist - SCOTUSblog
For 45 years, Arthur Lien witnessed, sketched, and recorded for posterity some of the Supreme Court's most historic ...
Justice Jackson's investiture ceremony has concluded. After the ceremony, she took the traditional walk down the court's front steps, accompanied by the chief justice. She also shared a moment with her husband, Patrick, on the plaza after the ceremony. Photos by @katieleebarlow.
Today at SCOTUS: The investiture of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve as a justice. Jackson was sworn in over the summer, so the investiture is purely ceremonial. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris reportedly are expected to attend the invite-only event at the court.