Good morning from the Court press room. Most of official Washington is closed for the wintry weather.
The Court is open and operating regularly.
There will be one or more opinions on the merits at 10 a.m. There are two arguments today, and they will go ahead as scheduled.
There will be opinion(s) again at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and oral arguments again.
The blog has no advance word on what will be decided today.
The first argument today, on regulation of interstate air pollution, will be for 90 minutes instead of the usual 60. Very complex case.
The rest of the liveblog staff will be with us shortly.
The issues in today's EME Homer case and the greenhouse gas cases are very different. At the core, of course, the general issue is whether EPA has exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act. But, beyond that, the issues diverge markedly. There is also a serious jurisdictional issue in today's case, over whether the Circuit C
over whether the Circuit
Sorry. The live blog has a hair-trigger today. Must be the snow.
There is a serious jurisdictional issue in today's case, over whether the Circuit Court had authority to decide any issue.
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So far this Term we have gotten three opinions in argued cases. Two of those were from Justice Alito (Burt v. Titlow and Atlantic Marine Construction v. U.S. District Court), with the third coming from Justice Scalia (US v. Woods). Who will it be today?
And of course, we are also expecting opinions tomorrow; that live blog will start up at 9:45 as well.
Keep an eye out for Kali's excellent multimedia piece on the Mount Holly fair housing case later today.
I expect today the Court will continue to clean out its closet of unanimous opinions. The big fights will take a while longer to produce decisions as the Justices go back and forth.
On the cert. front, the Court will probably put off deciding whether to hear a fight on the authority of police officers to search cell phones without a warrant while it waits for the record in one of the cases to arrive. But they still should have time to decide whether to take on the issue this Term.
This is the last week of the December sitting. The Court is scheduled to sit for a non-argument session on Monday, 12/16, so we could get opinions then. But after that the Court will be in recess until January 13, when it will hear oral arguments in the recess appointments case.
Lyle should return to us with the opinion(s) quite soon.
Here's Lyle. The first opinion is from Ginsburg. It is Sprint Communications Co. v. Jacobs.
The decision below is reversed. No Younger abstention.
The decision is unanimous. The Court holds that the case does not fall within any of the 3 classes of exceptional cases for which Younger abstention is appropriate.
There will be at least one more decision.
Scott Dodson at Hastings will have the opinion analysis for us on Sprint. Stay tuned.
The Court was reviewing a decision by the Eighth Circuit. As one of our readers has kindly pointed out, the case was argued on 11/5, so it has taken just a little over a month to get a decision.
Interesting stuff coming up now. The Court has dismissed the UNITE Here case as improvidently granted.
Three Justices have dissented from the order dismissing the case: Justice Breyer, joined by Sotomayor and Kagan.
That is all for today in terms of opinions.
Lyle has headed up to the courtroom for the oral arguments in the air pollution cases. He will have a report shortly after the argument is finished (which, remember, won't be until 11:30-ish because the argument is ninety minutes).
Thanks so much for joining us. We'll be back at the same time tomorrow for opinions in one or more additional argued cases. Hope to see you then!