Good morning, everyone! Welcome to our live blog.
Good morning from the Court's press room.
It's a lovely day in the Washington, D.C., area.
We are expecting orders from last week's conference at 9:30, followed by opinions at 10.
The Justices are not hearing oral arguments this week, so today will be it for this week.
There is one grant: 15-606, Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado. This is a juror bias case.
There are three denials in class-action cases, two involving Wal-Mart and one involving Wells Fargo.
The per curiam opinion is in 15-723, Woods v. Etherton.
The Court rules that, given AEDPA, both Etherton's appellate counsel and the state habeas court were to be afforded the benefit of the doubt.
Dissent from denial in 15-712, Karkarala v. Wells Fargo, in which the Court had been asked to overrule its earlier decision in Thermtron. Justice Thomas dissented.
Here's the full question presented in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado: Whether a no-impeachment rule constitutionally may bar evidence of racial bias offered to prove a violation of the Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury.
I am going to take a break for just a moment for some more caffeine but will return in two or three minutes.
But, yes, we will have one or more opinions in argued cases at 10 am.
At this point, there is only one case remaining from the Court's October sitting: Ocasio v. United States. There are three remaining from the November sitting: Spokeo v. Robins, Foster v. Chatman, and Torres v. Lynch.
There are several from the December sitting, and four from January.
One box of opinions today.
First of more than one opinion.
The opinion reverses the decision of the Tenth Circuit. It is unanimous. By Alito, but announced in his absence by the Chief.
The decision holds that the SEx Offender Notification and Registration Act did not require Nichols to update his registration in Kansas once he departed the state.
Nichols had moved to the Philippines.
This decision will have relatively limited effect, because there is a new law that requires sex offenders to notify the government when they leave the US.
Here he is again with the second and last opinion of the day.
Evenwel v. Abbott -- one person one vote.
Ginsburg writes. The three-judge court's decision is affirmed.
The holding: As constitutional history, precedent, and practice demonstrate, a state or locality may draw its legislative districts based on total population.
It is permissive, but not mandatory.
Result is 8-0 for the judgment, but there are two separate opinions. Thomas concurs in judgment; Alito concurred in judgment, joined by Thomas except as to Part IIIB.
That is all the opinions for today.
Lyle will have our coverage of Evenwel.
Thanks so much for joining us. Lyle will have a post on today's orders and the opinion in Evenwel later on this morning/early afternoon, and we will have coverage of Nichols from Evan Lee. Have a great day -- we will be back again (in all likelihood) in two weeks.