Good morning from the Court press room.
I know that lots of people are watching one list in particular: Drake v. Jerejian, a Second Amendment challenge to New Jersey's handgun carry law. That case has been relisted twice now.
We expect opinions this week today at 10 am. That would be the only day that we would expect opinions.
The schedule has changed now that the Court is no longer scheduled to hear oral arguments. So for the next several weeks, we likely will only have opinions on Mondays (or Tuesday during the week of Memorial Day). At some point in June the Court will likely start adding additional days to announce opinions, but that is likely still some time away.
We will have orders momentarily from Lyle, who is in the Court's press room and will relay them to us as he receives the list.
Here's Lyle. We have two grants. T-Mobile South v. Roswell and M&G Polymers v. Tackett.
They have denied cert. in Drake v. Jerejian.
We have one CVSG: Fannie Mae v. Sundquist.
There is a fairly long per curiam decision in Tolan v. Cotton, another multiple relist.
This is a case involving qualified immunity for a man shot after police made a mistake typing in a license plate. The Fifth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling in favor of the officer, and the Court today vacated that decision.
There is a separate opinion by Justice Alito, joined by Scalia, concurring in the judgment.
There is also a dissent from the denial of Beard v. Aguilar. Justice Alito dissented, joined by Scalia. They dissent for the reasons stated in Alito's concurring opinion in the Tolan case.
There is apparently no action today on Ryan v. Hurles. I think that would be relist number 21.
T-Mobile v. Roswell, one of today's grants (again, after a relist), involves what satisfies the Communication Act’s requirement that an application denial be “in writing.”
M&G Polymers involves collectively bargained retirement plans. All of these cases will be slated for oral argument in the fall.
Turning to orders at 10 am, we don't know which opinions we will get today.
There are of course still two big cases yet to be decided from the November sitting: Bond v. United States and Town of Greece v. Galloway.
From the December sitting, we have Michigan v. Bay Mills and the always popular Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osario.
The denial of Drake was without explanation or noted dissents. That does not mean that no one voted for cert; probably that those who wanted to grant, if there were any, were unsure about prevailing on the merits. The list of denial of 2d Amendment outside-the-home cases is lengthening. It is unclear what kind of case on that subject will attract the Court's attention.
Lots of cases still left from the January sitting, mostly (although not all) high-profile: the recess appointments case NLRB v. Noel Canning, Executive Benefits v. Arkison; the abortion protest case McCullen v. Coakley, Petrella v. MGM, and Harris v. Quinn.
The Court has only decided two cases from the February sitting, the two patent cases in which Justice Sotomayor had opinions last week.
The Court is not scheduled to sit to release opinions next week, so we will all need to find something else to do on Monday morning. No word on boxes, I think.
We have the first opinion. Robers v. US.
The decision is by Breyer for a unanimous court.
Justice Sotomayor concurs, joined by Ginsburg.
The SEventh Circuit is affirmed.