|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|20-23||7th Cir.||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||OT 2019|
Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C. (or its predecessor firm) has in the past served as counsel to Wesley Purkey, but neither the firm nor the author of this post was involved in this litigation.
Issue: Whether, when a priest has a sacred religious duty to minister last rites to a prisoner under his pastoral care, scheduling the prisoner's execution during a pandemic, at significant risk to the priest's health and life, violates his religious exercise rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Jul 15 2020||Application (20A11) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Kavanaugh.|
|Jul 15 2020||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 14, 2020)|
|Jul 15 2020||Brief of respondents William P. Barr, et al. in opposition filed.|
|Jul 16 2020||Application (20A11) referred to the Court.|
|Jul 16 2020||Petition DENIED.|
|Jul 16 2020||Application (20A11) denied by the Court. The application for stay of execution of sentences of death for Wesley Purkey and Dustin Honken presented to Justice Kavanaugh and by him referred to the Court is denied.|
BREAKING: In 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ALLOWS Alabama to execute Alan Miller, whose lethal injection was scheduled for tonight. In a brief shadow-docket order, SCOTUS lifts a lower court's injunction that had blocked the execution. Barrett joins the three liberals in dissent.
JUST IN: By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court DENIES Yeshiva University's emergency request to intervene now in a dispute over whether the university must recognize an LGBTQ student group. Roberts and Kavanaugh join with Sotomayor, Kagan, and Jackson. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/22a184_3ea4.pdf
Two justices worked for Kenneth Starr early in their careers. John Roberts was his deputy when Starr was solicitor general during the George H.W. Bush administration. Brett Kavanaugh clerked for Starr on the D.C. Circuit and was on Starr's team for the Clinton investigation.
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On today's SCOTUStalk episode @marinklevy joins to talk new-justice history, including the time Earl Warren rushed across the country to take his seat and showed up with the wrong type of robes.
Speaking in Colorado last night, John Roberts announced that members of the public will be allowed to attend oral arguments when the new term starts next month, according to press reports. It will be the first time the Supreme Court will reopen since the start of the pandemic.
Here is Sotomayor's brief order in the clash between Yeshiva University and a student Pride Alliance.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor has put on hold a NY state trial court's order that would require Yeshiva University to recognize an LGBTQ student group. In a brief order, Sotomayor stays the lower court's order "pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court."