|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.|
The Supreme Court got rid of several cases this morning -- in one fell swoop. Read @AHoweBlogger's latest coverage of the emoluments cases, spiritual advisers at Texas executions, Texas abortion policies, COVID restrictions, and NY political corruption.
Justices vacate rulings on Trump and emoluments - SCOTUSblog
The Supreme Court on Monday morning released orders from the justices’ private conference on Friday, Jan. 22. The justices once again did not ac...
In this morning's orders list, SCOTUS took no action on pending cert petitions involving:
- Mississippi's near-ban on abortions after 15 weeks,
- a Trump rule banning Title X clinics from providing abortion referrals,
- the Trump administration's "public charge" immigration rule.
No real opinions today. The Supreme Court dismissed cert as "improvidently granted" in Henry Schein Inc. v. Archer and White Sales Inc.—a case about arbitration agreements.
That's all for today, folks.
The Supreme Court does not add any cases to its docket. It sends the Trump emoluments case back to the lower court with instructions to dismiss as moot.
Here is the orders list. https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/012521zor_3f14.pdf
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