United States Supreme Court Certiorari Granted

Opinions Filed in April 2021

Houston Community College System v. Wilson

Whether the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause limits a local government’s censure power.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Constitutional Law

United States v. Zubaydah

Whether the Court of Appeals erred when it rejected the United States’ assertion of the state-secrets privilege based on the court’s own assessment of potential harms to the national security, and required discovery to proceed further under 28 U.S.C. 1782(a) against former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractors on matters concerning alleged clandestine CIA activities.

Area(s) of Law:
  • Criminal Procedure

Tandon v. Newsom

Even if the government withdraws or modifies a COVID restriction in the course of litigation, that does not necessarily moot the case. And so long as a case is not moot, litigants otherwise entitled to emergency injunctive relief remain entitled to such relief where the applicants “remain under a constant threat” that government officials will use their power to reinstate the challenged restrictions.

Area(s) of Law:
  • First Amendment

Mike Brown v. Ervine Davenport

May a federal habeas court grant relief based solely on its conclusion that the Brecht test is satisfied, as the Sixth Circuit held, or must the court also find that the state court’s Chapman application was unreasonable under § 2254(d)(1), as the Second, Third, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits have held?

Area(s) of Law:
  • Habeas Corpus

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