|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issue: Whether the First Amendment creates a categorical presumption that statements about a person's motive in committing suicide are matters of “opinion” rather than “fact” and thus cannot be the basis of a defamation action.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Feb 23 2016||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 4, 2016)|
|Mar 30 2016||Order extending time to file response to petition to and including May 4, 2016.|
|Mar 30 2016||Brief of respondent Boston Herald in opposition filed.|
|May 2 2016||Brief of respondent Micki Delp in opposition filed.|
|May 10 2016||Reply of petitioners Donald Thomas Scholz, et al. filed.|
|May 17 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 2, 2016.|
|Jun 6 2016||Petition DENIED.|
Just in: New COVID procedures (including PCR tests) for lawyers in advance of the Supreme Court's return to in-person arguments next week.
With less than a week to go b/4 #SCOTUS returns to the courtroom, the Court has posted COVID-19 protocols for lawyers arguing this fall, including a new pre-argument tradition: COVID testing. Full document is here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/announcements/Fall_2021_argument_COVID_protocols.pdf
New at SCOTUS: Rick Allen Rhoades, who is set to be executed tomorrow evening in Texas, asks the justices for an emergency stay. Rhoades argues that he has been denied access to trial records that would help him investigate whether the jury selection was tainted by racial bias.
One week from today, the court will begin its new term and the justices will return to the courtroom for the first time since the pandemic hit. Time to dust off those robes and get ready for the first day. Here's our new banner, "back to school" edition, from @Courtartist.
The justices are meeting privately today for their "long conference." Thousands of cert petitions have rolled in over the summer, and the justices use today's conference to discuss which ones they should take up. Here are all the petitions we're watching:
Supreme Court Petitions - ScotusBlog
Comprehensive list of U.S. Supreme Court Petitions including issues, docket, opinions, proceedings, orders, and more.
FWOTSC. You figure that one out.*
h/t to @marinklevy for the story and the always-entertaining threads.
#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