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To answer the question below, we don't know what cases we will be getting today; all we know is that we are getting one or more argued cases. The Mayorkas decision is certainly a possibility, as it was argued in December.
@oxwof: That seems like a distinct possibility given what we know now. This refers to the new Ninth Circuit opinion in Ryan v. Hurles, which had been relisted since September.
Will also be interested to see what, if anything, the Court does in the Elmbrook School District case, which was on hold pending the decision in Town of Greece.
We have one grant today. It's the air marshal case, Dept. of Homeland Security v. MacLean.
There is one CVSG: OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs.
They apparently did not act on Elmbrook School District v. Doe, involving the propriety of holding a public school function in a church building.
DHS v. MacLean was, of course, relisted once before it was granted.
The Court denied the Georgia death penalty case, Sears v. Chatman, that was relisted last week.
And by last week I of course mean last Conference.
The Court did not act on the bevy of Confrontation Clause cases that it had on the Conference last Friday; presumably (and we will know for sure later on today) they will be relisted.
Great sketch on the homepage today from Art Lien.
Just to recap the state of play, Bond is the only remaining case from the November sitting. From December we have Michigan v. Bay Mills and Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, an immigration case.
From January, the Court has yet to decide Noel Canning, Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, McCullen v. Coakley, Petrella v. MGM, Harris v. Quinn, and Abramski v. US. So there's lots of potential for today.
The Court also dismissed as moot today the cert. petition of death row inmate Jose Villegas, presumably because he was executed last month. Four Justices voted to stay Villegas’s execution on April 16, but the Court’s practice is that you need five votes for a stay. By tradition, a fifth Justice will provide the final “courtesy” vote for a stay if four Justices vote not merely for a stay but to grant cert.
One box of opinions today.
One box means that we are probably not getting a ton of opinions today.
The only opinion is Petrella v. MGM, reversed by a vote of 6-3.
We will have more details shortly. Justice Ginsburg wrote. Laches cannot be invoked as a bar to Petrella's pursuit of a claim for damages brought within the three-year window specified by the statute.
Ninth Circuit is reversed. Breyer dissents, joined by Roberts and Kennedy.
This was the dispute over the rights to the movie Raging Bull.
The Court has now begun admitting lawyers to the Supreme Court bar, which means that we won't have anything further today.
Next Monday is Memorial Day, so we expect to have orders and (presumably) opinions on Tuesday morning instead. We will let you know as soon as we confirm whether there will be opinions. Until then, have a great week, and thanks so much for joining us!