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The Justices are not deterred by the winter weather in DC. They heard oral arguments in three cases yesterday (when the rest of the federal government was shut down), and will hear two more today.
But then they won't hear oral arguments again for over a month; the February sitting starts on February 24.
Oops. Sorry for the double post.
We expect one or more opinions in argued cases today. As always, our reporter at the Court, Lyle Denniston, will relay them to us as they are announced, and we will then pass them on to you.
And as is almost always the case, we don't know which opinions we will get today.
Great picture by Art Lien on the blog's banner. That poor policeman looks cold.
There are still a couple of cases outstanding from the October sitting: the Troice troika of cases; McCutcheon v. FEC; Schuette, and Kaley v. United States.
Good morning from the Court's press room.
From November, the outstanding cases are Walden v. Fiore, Sandifer, Medtronic, Bond, Town of Greece, Lawson, Rosemond, Burrage, and Fernandez. (In other words, there are lots.)
On weather closings, the Court follows its own approach: we never close for snow.
One box of opinions today.
We have one opinion, in Medtronic. There you go.
The decision is by Justice Breyer for a unanimous Court. The Federal Circuit is reversed.
The Court holds that the Federal Circuit did not lack subject matter jurisdiction in this case.
That's all we have for today. Lyle is going to go upstairs for the oral arguments, but we will have a link to the opinion shortly.
For those of you waiting on opinions in other cases, we don't yet know when the next opinions will come down. However, the Court's calendar indicates that there is a "non-argument" session next Monday, 1/27, so we could get opinions then. We will let you all know as soon as we do (probably on Friday). After that, though, we are in for a dry spell until the winter recess is over.
And while we wait on Ronald Mann's analysis of Medtronic, we will have more from Ronald Mann -- his analysis of yesterday's oral argument in the Raging Bull case.
That's all for now. Hopefully we will be back here next Monday for one last live blog before the Court takes its winter recess; we will let you know as soon as we can whether there will indeed be opinions next week. Thanks for joining us, and have a great day!