|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|12-168||4th Cir.||Not Argued||Nov 5, 2012||TBD||Per Curiam||OT 2012|
Holding: In a lawsuit alleging that the conduct of government officials violates the Constitution, a plaintiff who obtains a permanent injunction but no money damages is a “prevailing party” because the injunction ordered the officials to change their behavior in a way that directly benefitted the plaintiff. The plaintiff is therefore entitled to receive his attorney’s fees unless special circumstances would render such an award unjust.
Judgment: Granted, vacated and remanded in a per curiam opinion on November 5, 2012.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Jun 27 2012||Application (12A17) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from July 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012, submitted to The Chief Justice.|
|Jul 9 2012||Application (12A17) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until July 31, 2012.|
|Jul 31 2012||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 5, 2012)|
|Sep 5 2012||Brief of respondents Dan Wideman, et al. in opposition filed.|
|Sep 18 2012||Reply of petitioner Steve Lefemine filed. (Distributed)|
|Sep 19 2012||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 5, 2012.|
|Oct 9 2012||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 12, 2012.|
|Oct 15 2012||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 26, 2012.|
|Oct 29 2012||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 2, 2012.|
|Nov 5 2012||Petition GRANTED. Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED. Opinion per curiam. (Detached Opinion)|
|Dec 7 2012||JUDGMENT ISSUED.|
#SCOTUS announces that it will hold a formal, although "purely ceremonial," investiture ceremony for Justice Amy Coney Barrett next Friday. Attendance at the ceremony is by invitation only, & press coverage will be pooled. Full announcement is here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/press/pressreleases/pr_09-24-21
Need a refresher on "cert before judgment" practice at SCOTUS? We've got you covered.
@steve_vladeck examined the practice (among other types of extraordinary relief) in 2018: https://www.scotusblog.com/2018/12/power-versus-discretion-extraordinary-relief-and-the-supreme-court/
And Kevin Russell wrote a detailed explainer in 2011:
Abortion providers in Texas return to Supreme Court, now asking the justices for immediate review on the merits of their challenge to the state’s six-week abortion ban (cert. before judgment)
The Supreme Court will have a new oral argument procedure when they return to the bench Oct. 4. There will be an opportunity for individual questioning by each justice in order of seniority.
Interesting new procedure for oral arguments when the justices return to in-person arguments next month. Does it increase the chances that we will continue to hear from Justice Thomas, who was an active participant using the taking-turns format? https://twitter.com/GregStohr/status/1440318536723812363
NEW: The Supreme Court just released its December argument calendar. Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the term's big abortion case, will be argued Dec. 1.
#SCOTUS will hear oral argument in Mississippi abortion case challenging Roe v. Wade on Dec. 1. Full December argument calendar is here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_calendars/MonthlyArgumentCalDecember2021.pdf
We noted yesterday that Justice Thomas was speaking at Notre Dame but that there was no livestream. A video of his speech is now posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kb4bFYdujA
Thomas criticized the media and defended the court's independence. Seems to be a theme among the justices lately.
💥 Breyer continues book tour (including @colbertlateshow two nights ago).
💥 Barrett gave a speech Sunday @uofl.
💥 Thomas is slated to give the 2021 Tocqueville Lecture today @NotreDame (but, like Barrett's speech, there is apparently no livestream).
Incidentally, Gorsuch had been scheduled to give a speech at the University of Wyoming today, but his visit was canceled due to COVID.
Nothing from Kagan or Gorsuch though 😢 https://twitter.com/SCOTUSblog/status/1438530948207874050