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Sekhar v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-357 2d Cir. Apr 23, 2013 Jun 26, 2013 9-0 Scalia OT 2012

Holding: Attempting to compel a person to recommend that his employer approve an investment does not constitute “the obtaining of property from another” under the Hobbs Act.

Judgment: Reversed, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Scalia on June 26, 2013. Justice Alito filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Kennedy and Justice Sotomayor joined.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 19 2012Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 24, 2012)
Oct 16 2012Order extending time to file response to petition to and including November 23, 2012.
Nov 20 2012Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed.
Nov 28 2012Reply of petitioner Giridhar C. Sekhar filed.
Dec 5 2012DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 4, 2013.
Jan 7 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 11, 2013.
Jan 11 2013Petition GRANTED.
Feb 11 2013SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesay, April 23, 2013
Feb 25 2013Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed)
Feb 25 2013Brief of petitioner Giridhar C. Sekhar filed.
Mar 4 2013Brief amici curiae of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Cato Institute filed. (Distributed)
Mar 27 2013Brief amicus curiae of the United States filed. (Distributed)
Apr 15 2013Reply of petitioner Giridhar C. Sekhar filed. (Distributed)
Apr 23 2013Argued. For petitioner: Paul D. Clement, Washington, D. C. For respondent: Sarah E. Harrington, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C.
Jun 26 2013Judgment REVERSED. Scalia, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Alito, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which Kennedy and Sotomayor, JJ., joined.