|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issue: Whether 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b), which prohibits using a facility or means of interstate commerce to “persuade, induce, entice, or coerce” a minor to engage in any sexual activity that is forbidden by state law, sweeps in any conduct that simply attempts to cause commission of unlawful sexual activity (as the court below and some other Circuits have held), or whether the verbs also require something more—an effort by the defendant to transform the minor’s will, alter the minor’s mental state, or otherwise secure the minor’s assent (as several other Circuits have held).
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Aug 03 2021||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due September 7, 2021)|
|Aug 16 2021||Waiver of right of respondent United States to respond filed.|
|Aug 18 2021||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/27/2021.|
|Aug 26 2021||Response Requested. (Due September 27, 2021)|
|Sep 22 2021||Motion to extend the time to file a response from September 27, 2021 to October 27, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.|
|Sep 23 2021||Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including October 27, 2021.|
#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