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Ramirez v. Collier

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
21-5592 5th Cir. Nov 1, 2021
TBD TBD TBD OT 2021

Issues: (1) Whether, consistent with the free exercise clause and Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Texas’ decision to allow Ramirez’s pastor to enter the execution chamber, but forbidding the pastor from laying his hands on his parishioner as he dies, substantially burden the exercise of his religion, so as to require Texas to justify the deprivation as the least restrictive means of advancing a compelling governmental interest; and (2) whether, considering the free exercise clause and RLUIPA, Texas’ decision to allow Ramirez’s pastor to enter the execution chamber, but forbidding the pastor from singing prayers, saying prayers or scripture, or whispering prayers or scripture, substantially burden the exercise of his religion, so as to require Texas to justify the deprivation as the least restrictive means of advancing a compelling governmental interest.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 07 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due October 7, 2021)
Sep 07 2021Application (21A33) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Alito.
Sep 07 2021Motion for leave to file amicus brief and motion for leave to file brief in compliance with Rule 33.2 filed by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Sep 08 2021Brief of respondent Collier, Bryan, et al. in opposition filed.
Sep 08 2021Reply of applicant John H. Ramirez filed.
Sep 08 2021Application (21A33) referred to the Court.
Sep 08 2021Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED.
Sep 08 2021The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is granted. The motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and the petition for a writ of certiorari are granted. The Clerk is directed to establish a briefing schedule that will allow the case to be argued in October or November 2021.
Sep 09 2021This case is set for argument on Monday, November 1, 2021. Petitioner's brief on the merits, and any amicus curiae briefs in support of petitioner or in support of neither party, are to be filed on or before Monday, September 27, 2021. Respondents' brief on the merits, and any amicus curiae briefs in support of respondents, are to be filed on or before Friday, October 15, 2021. Petitioner's reply brief is due on or before 2 p.m., Monday, October 25, 2021.
Sep 09 2021ARGUMENT SET FOR Monday, November 1, 2021.
Sep 10 2021The parties are directed to submit briefs that address whether petitioner adequately exhausted his audible prayer claim under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(a). The parties are also directed to address whether petitioner has satisfied his burden under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA) to demonstrate that a sincerely held religious belief has been substantially burdened by restrictions on either audible prayer or physical contact. The parties are further directed to address whether the government has satisfied its burden under RLUIPA to demonstrate its policy is the least restrictive means of advancing a compelling government interest. Finally, the parties are directed to address the type of equitable relief petitioner is seeking, the appropriate standard for this relief, and whether that standard has been met here. See Hill v. McDonough, 547 U. S. 573, 584 (2006) (setting forth a four- factor test for equitable relief). The parties may address other relevant issues, avoiding repetition of discussion in prior briefing.
Sep 13 2021Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, John Ramirez
Sep 13 2021Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Bryan Collier
Sep 21 2021CIRCULATED
Sep 22 2021Motion for leave to file Volume II of the joint appendix under seal filed by respondent Bryan Collier.
Sep 22 2021Lodging proposal letter of respondents filed.
Sep 22 2021Letter in opposition to respondents' lodging proposal filed by petitioner.
Sep 23 2021Reply letter regarding lodging proposal filed by respondents.
Sep 23 2021Sur-reply letter regarding respondents lodging proposal filed by petitioner.
Sep 27 2021Joint appendix (Volume I) filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief of petitioner John Ramirez filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amicus curiae of United States in support of neither party filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amicus curiae of First Liberty Institute filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amici curiae of The Freedom From Religion Foundation, et al. in support of neither party filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amicus curiae of Protect the First Foundation filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amici curiae of Alliance Defending Freedom filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amici curiae of Former Prison Officials filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amici curiae of Spiritual Advisors and Former Corrections Officials filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amici curiae of Christian Legal Society, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amicus curiae of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amici curiae of Religious-Liberty Scholars Douglas Laycock, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amici curiae of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops filed. (Distributed)
Sep 27 2021Brief amici curiae of Scholars of the PLRA and Prison Grievance Systems filed. (Distributed)
Sep 29 2021Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 5th Circuit.
Sep 29 2021Motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae, for divided argument, and for enlargement of time for oral argument filed.
Oct 01 2021Motion of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae, for divided argument, and for enlargement of time for oral argument filed.
Oct 12 2021Motion for leave to file Volume II of the joint appendix under seal GRANTED.
Oct 12 2021Motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae, for divided argument, and for enlargement of time for oral argument GRANTED.
Oct 12 2021Motion of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae, for divided argument, and for enlargement of time for oral argument DENIED.
Oct 13 2021Respondents' September 22, 2021 lodging proposal approved, and submission of the non-record materials is requested by the Clerk.
Oct 15 2021Amicus brief of Maria Chavon Aguilar, Fernando Castro, Pablo Castro Jr., & Roberto Salcedo Jr. submitted.
Oct 15 2021Brief of Bryan Collier submitted.
Oct 15 2021Amicus brief of Arizona Attorney General submitted.
Oct 15 2021Amicus brief of Criminal Justice Legal Foundation submitted.