Good morning, everyone! Welcome to the snow-day version of our live blog, brought to you by Winter Storm Jonas!
The federal government is closed, but the Court is operating today. It's not an argument day, so I imagine the crowds at the Court are pretty sparse today -- to the extent that they exist at all.
Just to remind you what the plan is for the day: we expect orders from the January 22 Conference at 9:30, followed by one or more opinions in argued cases at 10 am.
Good morning from the Court's press room. Only casualty of the storm at the Court: the cafeteria is closed for the day. Vending machine bonanza.
The Court did not release any orders from its Conference last week.
Wow. And Lyle is at the Court, ladies and gentlemen. Not that I am actually surprised, but if you are not in the D.C. area right now . . . just know that this is a heroic feat.
Would love to think of getting here as special. But my wife and I cleared our driveway on the weekend, and all roads in our neighborhood were clear. We got into town in 15 minutes less than the usual time.
To follow up on an earlier thread that I started, there were no grants on Friday. Probably that is because the cases from this conference will go over for oral arguments next Term, so there's no need to rush things. Of course, it could also be that there won't be any grants from this Conference. We will know soon enough.
There were some interesting cases on last week's Conference, including V.L. v. E.L. (the same-sex adoption case) and Walter v. Pennsylvania (a challenge to the constitutionality of the death penalty).
Lyle is on the line -- expecting orders in just a minute!
We have two per curiam: Amgen v. Harris and James v. Boise, Idaho.
There are no CVSGs today.
Court denied review in Shelby County v. Lynch, the fees case.
In Amgen case, the Court has reversed the Ninth Circuit.
The Ninth Circuit failed to properly evaluate the complaint in the case, says the Court. No dissents from that ruling.
In James, a case about attorney's fees to a prevailing defendant, the Supreme Court of Idaho's decision is reversed and the case is remanded for further proceedings. That court is bound by this Court's determination of federal law, the Justices say.
No dissents from ruling in James either.
Court denies North Dakota abortion case involving a ban at six weeks.
Nothing about Caetano v. Massachusetts, the stun gun case.
Court denies review in Walter v. PA, the challenge to the constitutionality of death penalty. It was denied without any statement respecting or dissent from the denial.
Nothing on Ben-Levi v. Brown, the RLUIPA case involving an inmate who wanted to organize a Jewish bible study group.
Two\ boxes of opinions. Likely means 3 or more rulings.
#waitingforlyle. If you just joined us, we are expecting one or more opinions from the Court momentarily. They already issued orders, but did not grant any new cases.
First opinion. FERC cases.