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Kowall v. Benson

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
21-1360 6th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether state legislative candidate qualifications should be subjected merely to rational-basis review, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit concluded below, or some heightened level of scrutiny, as five other circuits and four state courts of last resort have held; and (2) whether Michigan’s lifetime term limits — the shortest and harshest in the nation — violate candidates’ and voters’ First and 14th Amendment rights.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 28 2022Application (21A382) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from February 15, 2022 to April 16, 2022, submitted to Justice Kavanaugh.
Feb 02 2022Application (21A382) granted by Justice Kavanaugh extending the time to file until April 16, 2022.
Apr 15 2022Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due May 19, 2022)
May 10 2022Waiver of right of respondent Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State to respond filed.
May 17 2022DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/2/2022.
May 31 2022Response Requested. (Due June 30, 2022)
Jun 09 2022Motion to extend the time to file a response from June 30, 2022 to August 1, 2022, submitted to The Clerk.
Jun 10 2022Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including August 1, 2022.
Aug 01 2022Brief of respondent Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State in opposition filed.
Aug 01 2022Brief amicus curiae of U.S. Term Limits filed.
Aug 17 2022DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/28/2022.
Sep 15 2022Reply of petitioners Mike Kowall, et al. filed. (Distributed)