Good morning, everyone, and welcome to our live blog!
March is coming in like a bit of a lion this morning down at the court: it's windy and cool.
It is quiet here in the press room, but busy outside, with lots of people (spring breakers?) standing in line to try to get into the public section.
But it is not as busy as the Senate office buildings down the street seem to be; the visitor lines there are as long as I have seen them.
There are three cases from October sitting that have not yet been decided: Manuel v. City of Joliet, Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, and Manrique v. United States. Kennedy, Thomas, and Kagan haven't written yet; each of the other five justices have written once.
But we could just as easily get opinions from another sitting, as we did last week with Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools. (It was argued on October 31 but was part of the November sitting.)
Today the Court is hearing oral arguments in Coventry Health Care v. Nevils, involving preemption by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act. Miguel Estrada, who has been mentioned recently as a possible nominee to serve as the new solicitor general, is arguing on behalf of the petitioner.
The Gloucester County School Board and G.G., the two sides in the transgender bathrooms case (scheduled for oral argument at the end of the month), are scheduled to file their letter briefs at 2 pm today. Last week the court asked the two sides to address the effect on the case of the federal government's recent revocation of the guidance on which the lower court relied in ruling for G.G.
The five-minute buzzer just sounded.
To answer a question, the boxes are out, and there appears to be just one. I'm going to go get in line and see what they contain . . . back soon.
Bethune Hill v Virginia Board of Elections
Issue was whether the district court employed an incorrect legal standard for racial predominance in drawing districts
In an opinion by Justice Kennedy, the court affirmed as to one district where district court had ruled that race did predominate, vacated and remanded as to the other 11 districts
As to the others, court says district court best positioned to determine the extent to which race directed the shape of the 11 districts
Kennedy delivers opinion of court, joined by Roberts, Ginsburg, Kagan, Breyer, Sotomayor
Alito concurs in part and concurs in judgment. Thomas concurs in judgment in part and dissents in part
That is all for today; we will be back soon with analysis of today's decision and a report on the briefs filed in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. Thanks for joining us!