|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|14-144||5th Cir.||Mar 23, 2015||Jun 18, 2015||5-4||Breyer||OT 2014|
Holding: Because Texas’s specialty license plate designs constitute government speech, it was entitled to reject a proposal for plates featuring a Confederate battle flag.
Judgment: Reversed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Breyer on June 18, 2015. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Scalia and Kennedy joined.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Aug 7 2014||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 8, 2014)|
|Aug 26 2014||Order extending time to file response to petition to and including October 8, 2014.|
|Oct 8 2014||Brief of respondents Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc., et al. in opposition filed.|
|Oct 21 2014||Reply of petitioners John Walker, III, in His Official Capacity as Chairman of the Board, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Oct 22 2014||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 7, 2014.|
|Nov 10 2014||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 14, 2014.|
|Nov 17 2014||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 25, 2014.|
|Dec 1 2014||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 5, 2014.|
|Dec 5 2014||Petition GRANTED.|
|Dec 12 2014||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for petitioners.|
|Dec 31 2014||Brief of petitioners John Walker, III, in His Official Capacity as Chairman of the Board, et al. filed.|
|Dec 31 2014||Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed.)|
|Jan 7 2015||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondents.|
|Jan 7 2015||Brief amicus curiae of Justice and Freedom Fund filed.|
|Jan 7 2015||Brief amici curiae of Ohio, et al. filed.|
|Jan 9 2015||The time to file respondents' brief on the merits is extended to and including February 9, 2015.|
|Jan 26 2015||Brief amici curiae of American Center for Law and Justice, et al. in support of neither party filed.|
|Jan 26 2015||Brief amici curiae of Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate, et al. in support of neither party filed.|
|Feb 2 2015||SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Monday, March 23, 2015|
|Feb 3 2015||Record requested from U.S.C.A. 5th Circuit.|
|Feb 3 2015||Record from U.S.C.A. is electronic and located on PACER.|
|Feb 9 2015||Brief of respondents Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc., et al. filed.|
|Feb 9 2015||Record received from U.S.D.C. Western District of Texas (Austin) is electronic.|
|Feb 12 2015||CIRCULATED|
|Feb 13 2015||Brief amicus curiae of Children First Foundation, Inc. filed. (Distributed)|
|Feb 17 2015||Brief amicus curiae of The Rutherford Institute filed. (Distributed)|
|Feb 17 2015||Brief amici curiae of Cato Institute, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Feb 17 2015||Brief amici curiae of American Civil Liberties Union, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Feb 17 2015||Brief amicus curiae of Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed. (Distributed)|
|Feb 17 2015||Brief amicus curiae of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) filed. (Distributed)|
|Feb 17 2015||Brief amici curiae of Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Feb 18 2015||Brief amicus curiae of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed. (Distributed)|
|Mar 11 2015||Reply of petitioners John Walker, III, in His Official Capacity as Chairman of the Board, et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Mar 23 2015||Argued. For petitioners: Scott A. Keller, Solicitor General, Austin, Tex. For respondents: R. James George, Jr., Austin, Tex.|
|Jun 18 2015||Judgment REVERSED. Breyer, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Alito, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Roberts, C. J., and Scalia and Kennedy, JJ., joined.|
Alabama executed Matthew Reeves by lethal injection a few hours after SCOTUS, in a 5-4 vote, dissolved a lower-court ruling that said Reeves had a right to select nitrogen gas as his method of execution. Our coverage of the decision, from @ellena_erskine:
Court green-lights Alabama execution in 5-4 ruling that reverses two lower courts - SCOTUSblog
A divided Supreme Court on Thursday evening allowed Alabama to execute a man who argued that the state had faile...
#SCOTUS grants Alabama's request to allow execution of Matthew Reeves to go forward. Justice Amy Coney Barrett indicates that she would have denied the state's request; Justice Elena Kagan dissents, joined by Breyer & Sotomayor. Order & dissent are here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/21a372_5436.pdf
In remarks at the White House, Biden calls Breyer a beacon of wisdom on the Constitution and reiterates his commitment to select a Black woman to succeed him. Biden says he intends to nominate a successor by the end of February.
Breyer makes it official: He tells President Biden in a letter that his retirement will take effect at the end of the current term, assuming his successor has been confirmed by then.
Just in: Biden will give remarks on Breyer's retirement today at the White House at 12:30 p.m. EST. Breyer will be in attendance.
Here's our new Breyer banner from @Courtartist. Breyer has always been an avid biker -- even to the point that he took a few spills. In fact, in 1993, when he was first being considered for a SCOTUS vacancy, he met with Bill Clinton while nursing broken ribs from a bike accident.
@Courtartist outdoes himself again with his Breyer retirement banner @SCOTUSblog.