|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|21-164||Va. Cir. Ct.||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
Issues: (1) Whether civil authorities violate the First Amendment when they engage in their own interpretation of church doctrine to overrule a church’s determination that a particular official is a minister and, if so, whether summary reversal is appropriate; (2) whether, in the alternative, the Supreme Court should grant, vacate, and remand in light of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, because Virginia has enacted a “system of individual exemptions” to its property tax law, and the city “‘may not refuse to extend that [exemption] system to [the Church] without compelling reason.’”
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Aug 02 2021||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 3, 2021)|
|Sep 03 2021||Brief of respondent City of Fredericksburg, Virginia in opposition filed.|
|Sep 03 2021||Brief amicus curiae of Coalition for Jewish Values filed.|
|Sep 03 2021||Brief amici curiae of American Association of Christian Schools, et al. filed.|
|Sep 03 2021||Brief amici curiae of The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, et al. filed.|
|Sep 03 2021||Brief amici curiae of Kentucky, et al. filed.|
|Sep 03 2021||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, et al.|
|Sep 22 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/8/2021.|
|Sep 22 2021||Reply of petitioners Trustees of the New Life In Christ Church filed. (Distributed)|
|Oct 06 2021||Rescheduled.|
|Oct 12 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/15/2021.|
|Oct 13 2021||Rescheduled.|
|Oct 25 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/29/2021.|
|Nov 01 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/5/2021.|
|Nov 08 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/12/2021.|
|Nov 15 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 11/19/2021.|
|Nov 29 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/3/2021.|
|Dec 06 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/10/2021.|
Today at SCOTUS: The final two arguments of 2021, and they're both biggies. One case involves a state's refusal to provide funds to religious schools. The other involves the right to an effective lawyer -- and what happens post-conviction if that right was potentially violated.
Today at SCOTUS: One argument in a case about what counts as a "crime of violence" under a federal statute. Specifically, if a person attempts to commit robbery but doesn't succeed, is the attempt itself a violent crime? Our preview from @jamesromoser:
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JUST IN: The court says it will continue its current COVID protocols for oral arguments in January and February. The court will continue to provide a live audio stream of all arguments, and the courtroom will remain closed to the public.
A relatively humdrum Monday-morning order list today. No new cases added to the court's docket. https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/120621zor_7lio.pdf
#SCOTUS releases orders from last week's conference, but no new grants today. Here's the full list: https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/120621zor_7lio.pdf
Today at SCOTUS: At 9:30 a.m. EST, the court will release orders from Friday's private conference. Then, starting at 10 a.m., the court will hear arguments in two cases -- one involving immigration and the other involving the management of employee retirement plans.
A majority of the Supreme Court seems inclined to uphold Mississippi's 15-week abortion law, but the six conservative justices appear divided about whether to entirely overrule Roe v. Wade. @AHoweBlogger's first take from this morning's argument:
Majority of court appears poised to uphold Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks - SCOTUSblog
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