Dissenting in the recent case of Nieves v. Bartlett, on the First Amendment handling of arrests motivated in part by retaliation for protected speech, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote that criminal law in U.S. has expanded to a point where “almost anyone can be arrested for something.” And the implications? [Ilya Somin] Earlier on Nieves and the retaliatory-arrest case that preceded it last year, Lozman v. Riviera Beach, and more on the Nieves outcome from Tim Cushing at TechDirt.
- “The Supreme Court should…reaffirm that the Constitution’s prohibition against ex post facto lawmaking forbids states from skirting constitutional scrutiny by simply labeling penalties as ‘civil'” [Ilya Shapiro and Nathan Harvey on Cato certiorari brief in Bethea v. North Carolina]
- Interesting: arguments that might work for progressive litigation outcomes in a more conservative Supreme Court [Daniel Hemel, Take Care]
- Notable cert grants: continued viability of Illinois Brick indirect purchaser doctrine [Cory Andrews, WLF on Apple v. Pepper iPhone antitrust litigation] Arbitration returns in two cases on class arbitration [Steptoe on Lamps Plus v. Varella; more, FedSoc with J. Michael Connolly] and delegation of arbitrability [Peter Phillips on Henry Schein Inc. v. Archer and White Sales Inc.] Court will revisit retaliatory-arrest First Amendment issue [Eugene Volokh on Nieves v. Bartlett, last year’s case]
- Gundy v. U.S., on whether Congress can delegate to the Attorney General the range of punishable conduct under the sex offender registry law SORNA, might revive vitality of non-delegation doctrine with far-reaching consequences [Trevor Burrus and Reilly Stephens on Cato brief; Damon Root, Reason; Matthew Cavedon and Jonathan Thomas Skrmetti, Federalist Society; more, FedSoc “Courthouse Steps” before and after, Randolph May, Georgetown/FedSoc panel with Todd Gaziano and Amanda Shanor, moderated by Evan Bernick, for FedSoc’s “Necessary and Proper” podcast] Law authorizing Homeland Security secretary to waive other laws to build border wall delegates too much legislative power to executive branch [Ilya Shapiro on Cato cert amicus on non-delegation doctrine in Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Department of Homeland Security]
- This is really something: argument that maybe it’s unconstitutional to have too conservative a Supreme Court [David Orentlicher, PrawfsBlawg]
- High court should review whether California state commission can force grape growers to pay for industry ads [Ilya Shapiro and Michael Finch on Cato amicus seeking cert in Delano Farms v. California Table Grape Commission]