|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|14-990||4th Cir.||Nov 4, 2015||Dec 8, 2015||9-0||Scalia||OT 2015|
Holding: 28 U.S.C. § 2284, which requires that a “district court of three judges shall be convened . . . when an action is filed challenging the constitutionality of the apportionment of congressional districts,” and further provides that “the judge [presented with a request for a three-judge court] shall, unless he determines that three judges are not required, immediately notify the chief judge of the circuit, who shall designate two other judges to serve,” entitles a group of Maryland residents to make their claim that the state’s 2011 congressional redistricting plan burdens their First Amendment right of political association before a three-judge court.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Scalia on December 8, 2015.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Feb 10 2015||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 20, 2015)|
|Mar 4 2015||Order extending time to file response to petition to and including April 20, 2015.|
|Mar 20 2015||Brief amicus curiae of Judicial Watch, Inc filed.|
|Apr 20 2015||Brief of respondents Bobbie S. Mack, et al. in opposition filed.|
|May 1 2015||Reply of petitioners Stephen M. Shapiro, O. John Beniser, and Maria B. Pycha filed.|
|May 5 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 21, 2015.|
|May 26 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 28, 2015.|
|Jun 1 2015||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 4, 2015.|
|Jun 8 2015||Petition GRANTED.|
|Jun 11 2015||Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner Stephen M. Shapiro, et al.|
|Jun 22 2015||Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED.|
|Jun 22 2015||The time to file the joint appendix and petitioners' brief on the merits is extended to and including August 7, 2015.|
|Jun 22 2015||The time to file respondents' brief on the merits is extended to and including September 24, 2015.|
|Jul 6 2015||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioners.|
|Aug 5 2015||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondents.|
|Aug 7 2015||Brief of petitioners Stephen M. Shapiro, et al. filed.|
|Aug 13 2015||Brief amici curiae of Common Cause and The Campaign Legal Center, Inc. filed.|
|Aug 14 2015||Brief amicus curiae of Virginia State Conference of the NAACP filed.|
|Aug 14 2015||Brief amicus curiae of Judicial Watch, Inc filed.|
|Aug 14 2015||Brief amici curiae of Professors Joshua A. Douglas and Michael E. Solimine, Election Law Scholars filed.|
|Sep 9 2015||SET FOR ARGUMENT on Wednesday, November 4, 2015|
|Sep 10 2015||Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 4th Circuit.|
|Sep 18 2015||The time to file respondents' brief on the merits is further extended to and including September 25, 2015.|
|Sep 25 2015||Brief of respondents David J. McManus, Jr., Chairman, Maryland State Board of Elections, et al. filed.|
|Oct 2 2015||CIRCULATED|
|Oct 26 2015||Reply of petitioners Stephen M. Shapiro, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Nov 4 2015||Argued. For petitioners: Michael B. Kimberly, Washington, D. C. For respondents: Steven M. Sullivan, Assistant Attorney General, Baltimore, Md.|
|Dec 8 2015||Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Scalia, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.|
|Jan 11 2016||JUDGMENT ISSUED|
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