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The Supreme Court will release orders from the February 15 conference on Tuesday, February 19, at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, February 20, at 10:00 a.m.
On Tuesday the Supreme Court hears oral argument in Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service; Ronald Mann has our preview.

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown v. Freedom From Religion Foundation

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term

Issue: Whether the categorical exclusion of active houses of worship from a competitive government grant program advancing the secular interest of historic preservation violates the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution of the United States.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 31 2018Application (18A137) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from August 19, 2018 to September 19, 2018, submitted to Justice Alito.
Aug 06 2018Application (18A137) granted by Justice Alito extending the time to file until September 18, 2018.
Sep 18 2018Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 22, 2018)
Oct 19 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response from October 22, 2018 to November 26, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
Oct 23 2018Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including November 26, 2018.
Nov 26 2018Brief of respondents Freedom from Religion Foundation, et al. in opposition filed. VIDED.
Dec 11 2018Reply of petitioners The Presbyterian Church in Morristown, et al. filed.
Dec 12 2018DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/4/2019.
Jan 07 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/11/2019.
Jan 14 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/18/2019.
Feb 04 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/15/2019.
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