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Mast v. Fillmore County, Minnesota

Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED for further consideration in light of Fulton v. Philadelphia, on July 2, 2021. Justice Alito, concurring in the judgment. Justice Gorsuch, concurring in the decision to grant, vacate, and remand.
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-7028 Minn. Ct. App. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2020

Issues: (1) Whether, when applying strict scrutiny under RLUIPA, lower courts may rely upon an admission that an interest is compelling generally, or must they require the government to demonstrate that the interest is compelling as applied to the particular claimant, as the Supreme Court has previously held; and (2) whether, when applying strict scrutiny under RLUIPA, evidence that twenty other jurisdictions permit a particular less restrictive alternative is sufficient to defeat a government’s claim that it used the least restrictive alternative.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jan 20 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due March 5, 2021)
Feb 22 2021Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Amos Mast, et al.
Mar 01 2021Waiver of right of respondent Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to respond filed.
Mar 05 2021Brief amici curiae of Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty and National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom filed.
Mar 11 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 3/26/2021.
Mar 15 2021Response Requested. (Due April 14, 2021)
Apr 14 2021Brief of respondent Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in opposition filed.
Apr 28 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/13/2021.
Apr 28 2021Reply of petitioner Amos Mast, et al. filed.
May 11 2021Rescheduled.
May 17 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/20/2021.
May 18 2021Rescheduled.
May 24 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 5/27/2021.
May 24 2021Rescheduled.
Jun 01 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/3/2021.
Jun 01 2021Rescheduled.
Jun 07 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/10/2021.
Jun 08 2021Rescheduled.
Jun 14 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/17/2021.
Jun 21 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/24/2021.
Jul 01 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 7/1/2021.
Jul 02 2021Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED. Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED for further consideration in light of Fulton v. Philadelphia, 593 U. S. ___ (2021). Justice Alito, concurring in the judgment. (Detached Opinion) Justice Gorsuch, concurring in the decision to grant, vacate, and remand. (Detached Opinion)