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Initiative and Referendum Institute v. United States Postal Service

Petition for certiorari denied on April 15, 2013
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-722 D.C. Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2012

Issue: (1) Whether post office sidewalks that are open to the public are public fora, so that a prohibition of First Amendment activities must be narrowly tailored to further a significant governmental interest; and (2) even if post office sidewalks are not public fora, whether the 30 C.F.R. § 232.1(h)(4), the regulation banning signature gathering on petitions, is reasonable when it simultaneously permits the collection of signatures in voter registration drives on the same sidewalks, and when the justification for the latter provision (that it is the solicitation of a signature, rather than its collection, that may be disruptive) directly contradicts the justification for the former provision (that it is the collection of a signature, rather than its solicitation, that may be disruptive).

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Dec 10 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due January 14, 2013)
Jan 3 2013Order extending time to file response to petition to and including February 13, 2013.
Feb 11 2013Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including March 15, 2013.
Mar 15 2013Brief of respondent Postal Service in opposition filed.
Mar 22 2013Reply of petitioners Initiative and Referendum Institute, et al. filed.
Mar 27 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 12, 2013.
Apr 15 2013Petition DENIED.