For the first time since 1996, the Supreme Court’s term has officially extended into the month of July. The Court decided five cases this week, touching on abortion, free speech, religious liberty, administrative agencies, and copyright law. It also added four cases to next term’s docket, one of which concerns the release of grand jury materials from Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here’s a recap of the Court’s busy week.
Last week, the Court concluded its schedule of oral arguments for the term. Thus, the Court’s proceedings moving forward will deal exclusively with private conferences, Orders, and Opinions. This week was no different. Following last Friday’s conference, the Court on Monday released its Orders list, in which it did not grant any cases for next term but did call for the views of the U.S. Solicitor General (“CVSG”) in a copyright case (more on that below). The Court then released its decision in Thacker v. Tennessee Valley Authority. The Court was not in session Tuesday–Thursday, and met for its private conference on Friday. Here is your Brief for the week of April 29.