|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.|
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