Petition for Writ of Certiorari

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17 Jul, 2011

The Dwindling Cert. Docket: Why Are Fewer Paid Petitions Being Filed?

2019-03-18T18:47:56-05:00July 17th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , |

With the start of the summer recess, the Supreme Court discontinued use of the 2010 Term docket numbers, ending with number 10-1558—a petition for mandamus filed by firefighter Frank Ricci. Yes, that Frank Ricci. For the fifth straight year, the number of paid petitions for certiorari, mandamus and original habeas corpus filed [...]

9 Feb, 2011

The Health Care Challenge Lands at the Supreme Court

2019-03-18T18:48:06-05:00February 9th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

Bypassing the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, today, the Commonwealth of Virginia brought their Affordable Care Act challenge to the Supreme Court’s doorstep. The State calls on the Court to sidestep the normal appellate route and decide now whether Congress, in passing the new health care bill, transgressed its constitutional powers. The petition for writ of certiorari lays out what is at stake:

6 Jan, 2011

Do Lies In The Courtroom Matter?

2019-03-18T18:48:08-05:00January 6th, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

A few weeks ago David Hinkson’s unusual case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the form of a petition for writ of certiorari. Hinkson was convicted by a jury for soliciting the murder of three federal officials. The conviction was a product of government witness, Elven Swisher, who wore a purple heart on the witness stand as he told the jury that he about his extensive combat duty in the Korean War. The problem was that Swisher had yet to join the military

13 May, 2010

What the Experts Say on Constructing the Argument Section for a Petition for Writ of Certiorari

2019-03-18T18:48:13-05:00May 13th, 2010|Tags: , , , |

This post is the first in a series of three discussing what Supreme Court experts suggest when preparing a successful petition for writ of certiorari.  The first will address the “argument” section, the second the “questions presented” section and the third, tips and techniques to use when writing the cert petition.  While Supreme Court experts [...]

8 Oct, 2009

High School Student Challenges School Dress Code Policy

2019-03-18T18:48:14-05:00October 8th, 2009|Tags: , , , |

In 2008, Paul “Pete” Palmer—a sophomore at Waxahachie High School in Texas—wore a shirt supporting presidential candidate John Edwards. The shirt displayed the innocuous message “John Edwards 08.” Although the message was neither disruptive, nor offensive, the Waxahachie Independent School District informed Pete that the shirt contained “unapproved words” violating school district policy. That policy [...]

30 Sep, 2009

Supreme Court Grants Ten Petitions

2019-03-18T18:48:14-05:00September 30th, 2009|Tags: , , , , , |

The Supreme Court issued an order list today granting review on ten cert. petitions. The so-called “long conference” was heavy with cases involving criminal law. Six petitions covering a range of issues from the Miranda rule to terrorism were granted. The order list can be viewed here The long conference also advanced a case testing [...]

29 Sep, 2009

Circuits Split over the Interpretation of the Federal Narcotics Statute

2019-03-18T18:48:14-05:00September 29th, 2009|Tags: , , , |

A petition for writ of certiorari filed in Robinson v. United States, No. 08-1374, asks the Supreme Court to clear up a circuit split over the meaning of a federal narcotics statutory provision. The petition and reply brief can be viewed here and here. The Solicitor General’s brief in opposition can be viewed here. The [...]

15 Sep, 2009

The Continuing Viability of Manifest Disregard on Arbitration Review

2019-03-18T18:48:15-05:00September 15th, 2009|Tags: , , , , |

In a case implicating judicial review of arbitration awards under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), a Michigan company has petitioned the Supreme Court to settle the question of whether the doctrine of manifest disregard of law remains viable after the Court’s ruling in Hall Street Associates, L.L.C. v. Mattel, Inc., 552 U.S. __, 128 S. [...]

24 Aug, 2009

The Case That Gained National Attention

2019-03-18T18:48:16-05:00August 24th, 2009|Tags: , , , |

Karen Torre was the attorney who had the difficult task of convincing the Supreme Court to review a one-paragraph summary ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. But convince them she did. On June 29, 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that Frank Ricci and 17 other New Haven, Connecticut, firefighters were illegally discriminated against [...]