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Carter v. Massachusetts

Petition for certiorari denied on January 13, 2020
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-62 Mass. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2019

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.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Apr 24 2019Application (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 2019Application (18A1112) granted by Justice Breyer extending the time to file until July 8, 2019.
Jul 08 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 12, 2019)
Aug 09 2019Waiver of right of respondent Commonwealth of Massachusetts to respond filed.
Aug 14 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/1/2019.
Aug 22 2019Response Requested. (Due September 23, 2019)
Sep 12 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response from September 23, 2019 to November 22, 2019, submitted to The Clerk.
Sep 17 2019Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including November 22, 2019.
Nov 22 2019Brief of respondent Commonwealth of Massachusetts in opposition filed.
Dec 09 2019Reply of petitioner Michelle Carter filed.
Dec 11 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/10/2020.
Jan 13 2020Petition DENIED.