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Silver v. United States

Petition for certiorari denied on January 25, 2021
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
20-60 2nd Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2020

Issues: Whether a public official can be convicted of bribery absent proof of an agreed exchange with the alleged bribe payor, based solely on his unexpressed, unilateral state of mind when receiving a benefit; (2) whether a conviction for Hobbs Act extortion can be based on a theory of simple bribery; and (3) whether, if the government elects not to argue harmless error, a court of appeals may raise harmless error sua sponte, without providing the defendant any opportunity to be heard on the issue.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 20 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 24, 2020)
Aug 10 2020Waiver of right of respondent United States, et al. to respond filed.
Aug 26 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/29/2020.
Aug 27 2020Response Requested. (Due September 28, 2020)
Sep 23 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response from September 28, 2020 to October 28, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Sep 24 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including October 28, 2020.
Oct 26 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response from October 28, 2020 to October 30, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
Oct 28 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including October 30, 2020.
Oct 30 2020Brief of respondents United States, et al. in opposition filed.
Nov 16 2020Reply of petitioner Sheldon Silver filed. (Distributed)
Nov 17 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/4/2020.
Dec 07 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/11/2020.
Jan 04 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/8/2021.
Jan 11 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/15/2021.
Jan 19 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/22/2021.
Jan 25 2021Petition DENIED. Justice Gorsuch, with whom Justice Thomas joins, dissenting from denial of certiorari. (Detached Opinion)