|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issue: Whether the Supreme Court should grant emergency relief from California’s restrictions on “gatherings” as a violation of the free exercise clause to the extent that they prohibit (or severely restrict) at-home religious gatherings – notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s clear instructions that California “must place religious activities on par with the most favored class of comparable secular activities" in South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Apr 02 2021||Application (20A151) for injunctive relief, submitted to Justice Kagan.|
|Apr 02 2021||Response to application (20A151) requested by Justice Kagan, due Thursday, April 8 by 5 p.m. ET.|
|Apr 07 2021||Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty submitted.|
|Apr 08 2021||Response to application from respondents Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, et al. filed.|
|Apr 09 2021||Reply of Ritesh Tandon, et al. in support of application submitted.|
In yet another Friday night shadow docket order, a divided Supreme Court sides with challengers to California’s COVID-related restrictions. Brief per curiam opinion and dissent from Justice Kagan: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/20a151_4g15.pdf
By vote of 5-4, #SCOTUS blocks California's COVID-related restrictions on in-home prayer meetings and worship. Opinion & Kagan's dissent are here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/20a151_4g15.pdf
President Biden will sign an executive order authorizing a commission to study Supreme Court reform. The commission will review “the length of service and turnover of justices on the court; the membership and size of the court” among other topics.
President Biden to Sign Executive Order Creating the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States | The White House
President Biden will today issue an executive order forming the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, comprised of a
The Supreme Court will hear April and May oral arguments remotely but with a live audio feed.
#SCOTUS confirms that "[i]n keeping with public health guidance in response to COVID-19," it will hear oral arguments in April and on May 4 remotely, as it has for the other argument sessions this term. Press release here: https://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Media-Advisory-Teleconference-Arguments.pdf
In a Monday evening shadow-docket filing, Tennessee asks the Supreme Court to reinstate a state law that imposes a 48-hour waiting period for patients to abortions. A federal judge struck down the waiting period as unconstitutional. @AHoweBlogger explains:
Tennessee asks court to restore waiting period for abortions - SCOTUSblog
Tennessee filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court on Monday, asking the justices for permission to enforce...
BREAKING: In major copyright battle between tech giants, SCOTUS sides w/ Google over Oracle, finding that Google didnt commit copyright infringement when it reused lines of code in its Android operating system. The code came from Oracle's JAVA SE platform. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/18-956_d18f.pdf
NEW: The Supreme Court agrees to take up one new case, Brown v. Davenport. It's a technical but important question about the standard for federal courts reviewing habeas claims to assess whether constitutional violations were "harmless error." https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/040521zor_3204.pdf
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