The Supreme Court denies last-minute appeals from Joe Nathan James, an Alabama prisoner who is scheduled to be executed this evening. James, representing himself, filed several requests with SCOTUS over the past day seeking to delay the execution.
has denied request from the Biden administration to allow it to implement its immigration enforcement policy while litigation continues, BUT agrees to hear the case in December, w/out waiting for the lower court to weigh in.
Stephen Breyer will spend some of his newfound free time teaching at Harvard Law, the school announced today. Here's a new piece from
looking at Breyer's legacy and his devotion to democracy:
The justices at the court's ideological poles -- Sonia Sotomayor on the left and Clarence Thomas on the right -- write more opinions than the other justices. That's driven by a high number of concurrences and (especially in Sotomayor's case) a high number of dissents.
Extending a theme from recent years, John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh continue to sit in positions of power at the court's fulcrum. They vote together more often than any other pair of justices, and they are almost always in the majority.
Just 29% of the court's decisions were unanimous, the lowest rate of unanimity in the two+ decades that we've been tracking SCOTUS stats.
And among the 19 cases that were decided in 6-3 votes, the justices were fully polarized in 14 of them.
The Supreme Court's just-ended term was marked by a historic decline in unanimous outcomes and a surge of 6-3 decisions along ideological lines. Those are among the findings in our 2021-22 Stat Pack, which we just posted: .
Here are some of our findings:
The North Carolina election case is Moore v. Harper. SCOTUS also adds two other new cases to its docket for next term: Percoco v. U.S. (a case about honest-services fraud brought by a former Andrew Cuomo aide) and Ciminelli v. U.S. (a case about federal wire fraud).