|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issue: (1) Whether imposition of the death penalty upon a person convicted of murder constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments; and (2) whether Louisiana's failure to require the jury to find beyond a reasonable doubt that death is the appropriate punishment violates the Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Jan 26 2016||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due February 29, 2016)|
|Feb 12 2016||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for petitioner.|
|Feb 26 2016||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Former Appellate Court Jurists.|
|Feb 29 2016||Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.|
|Feb 29 2016||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Former Prosecutors.|
|Feb 29 2016||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Law and Political Science Scholars.|
|Mar 2 2016||Order extending time to file response to petition to and including April 14, 2016.|
|Apr 14 2016||Brief of respondent Louisiana in opposition filed.|
|Apr 29 2016||Reply of petitioner Lamondre Tucker filed.|
|May 3 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 19, 2016.|
|May 23 2016||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 26, 2016.|
|May 31 2016||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Former Appellate Court Jurists GRANTED.|
|May 31 2016||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Former Prosecutors GRANTED.|
|May 31 2016||Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Law and Political Science Scholars GRANTED.|
|May 31 2016||Motion for leave to file amicus brief filed by Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School GRANTED.|
|May 31 2016||Petition DENIED. Justice Breyer, with whom Justice Ginsburg joins, dissenting from the denial of certiorari. (Detached Opinion)|
|Jun 21 2016||Petition for Rehearing filed.|
|Jul 14 2016||DISTRIBUTED.|
|Aug 8 2016||Rehearing DENIED.|
#SCOTUS announces that it will hold a formal, although "purely ceremonial," investiture ceremony for Justice Amy Coney Barrett next Friday. Attendance at the ceremony is by invitation only, & press coverage will be pooled. Full announcement is here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/press/pressreleases/pr_09-24-21
Need a refresher on "cert before judgment" practice at SCOTUS? We've got you covered.
@steve_vladeck examined the practice (among other types of extraordinary relief) in 2018: https://www.scotusblog.com/2018/12/power-versus-discretion-extraordinary-relief-and-the-supreme-court/
And Kevin Russell wrote a detailed explainer in 2011:
Abortion providers in Texas return to Supreme Court, now asking the justices for immediate review on the merits of their challenge to the state’s six-week abortion ban (cert. before judgment)
The Supreme Court will have a new oral argument procedure when they return to the bench Oct. 4. There will be an opportunity for individual questioning by each justice in order of seniority.
Interesting new procedure for oral arguments when the justices return to in-person arguments next month. Does it increase the chances that we will continue to hear from Justice Thomas, who was an active participant using the taking-turns format? https://twitter.com/GregStohr/status/1440318536723812363
NEW: The Supreme Court just released its December argument calendar. Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the term's big abortion case, will be argued Dec. 1.
#SCOTUS will hear oral argument in Mississippi abortion case challenging Roe v. Wade on Dec. 1. Full December argument calendar is here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_calendars/MonthlyArgumentCalDecember2021.pdf
We noted yesterday that Justice Thomas was speaking at Notre Dame but that there was no livestream. A video of his speech is now posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kb4bFYdujA
Thomas criticized the media and defended the court's independence. Seems to be a theme among the justices lately.
💥 Breyer continues book tour (including @colbertlateshow two nights ago).
💥 Barrett gave a speech Sunday @uofl.
💥 Thomas is slated to give the 2021 Tocqueville Lecture today @NotreDame (but, like Barrett's speech, there is apparently no livestream).
Incidentally, Gorsuch had been scheduled to give a speech at the University of Wyoming today, but his visit was canceled due to COVID.
Nothing from Kagan or Gorsuch though 😢 https://twitter.com/SCOTUSblog/status/1438530948207874050