Williams v. Wilson

The application for stay presented to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and by her referred to the Supreme Court is denied, on May 26, 2020.

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19A1041 6th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2019

Issue: Whether the Supreme Court should stay, pending appeal, an order by a federal district court instructing officials at the Bureau of Prisons to evaluate elderly and high-risk prisoners for transfer out of a prison facility in Elkton, Ohio, where nine inmates have died from COVID-19.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
May 20 2020Application (19A1041) for a stay, submitted to Justice Sotomayor.
May 20 2020Response to application (19A1041) requested by Justice Sotomayor, due Friday, May 22, by 10 a.m. ET
May 22 2020Response to application from respondent Craig Wilson, et al. filed.
May 22 2020Reply of applicants Mark Williams, et al. filed.
May 22 2020Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Public Health Experts.
May 26 2020Application (19A1041) referred to the Court.
May 26 2020Application (19A1041) denied by the Court. The application for stay presented to Justice Sotomayor and by her referred to the Court is denied. The Government is seeking a stay only of the District Court’s April 22 preliminary injunction. But on May 19, the District Court issued a new order enforcing the preliminary injunction and imposing additional measures. The Government has not sought review of or a stay of the May 19 order in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Particularly in light of that procedural posture, the Court declines to stay the District Court’s April 22 preliminary injunction without prejudice to the Government seeking a new stay if circumstances warrant. Justice Thomas, Justice Alito, and Justice Gorsuch would grant the application.
 
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