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Frese v. Formella

Petition for certiorari denied on October 2, 2023
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
22-939 1st Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2023

Issues: (1) Whether the First Amendment tolerates criminal prosecution for alleged defamation of a public official; and (2) whether New Hampshire’s common law of civil defamation is too vague to define a criminal restriction on speech, particularly where the state authorizes police departments to initiate prosecutions without the participation of a licensed attorney.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 19 2023Application (22A663) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from February 6, 2023 to March 23, 2023, submitted to Justice Jackson.
Jan 24 2023Application (22A663) granted by Justice Jackson extending the time to file until March 23, 2023.
Mar 23 2023Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 27, 2023)
Apr 17 2023Motion to extend the time to file a response from April 27, 2023 to June 12, 2023, submitted to The Clerk.
Apr 19 2023Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including June 12, 2023.
Apr 27 2023Brief amicus curiae of Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression filed.
Apr 27 2023Brief amicus curiae of Institute For Free Speech filed.
Apr 27 2023Brief amici curiae of University of Virginia School of Law First Amendment Clinic, et al. filed.
Jun 08 2023Brief of respondent John M. Formella, Attorney General of New Hampshire in opposition filed.
Jun 27 2023Reply of petitioner Robert Frese filed. (Distributed)
Jun 28 2023DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/26/2023.
Oct 02 2023Petition DENIED.