Thursday abstract – SCOTUSblog

Posted Dec 10th 2020, 7:00 am by James Romoser

It’s a busy Thursday in the Supreme Court. In the morning the court can issue opinions. In the afternoon, responses are due from four states whose election results are being challenged in a long-term case filed by Texas. And the court must also respond to the motion of Brandon Bernard, who is due to be executed by the federal government on Thursday evening.

If the court issues submissions as expected at 10 a.m. EST, those submissions will be the first in 2020-21 tenure disputes. So far, the court has heard arguments in 33 cases (including several cases that have been combined into a single hearing). A full list can be found here. The most time-sensitive of these cases is Trump vs New York, the dispute over the President’s plan to change the way census data is used to reallocate seats in the House of Representatives. This court accelerated the trial on November 30th.

Thursday at 3 p.m. is the deadline for Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to file responses in Texas against Pennsylvania. This is an unprecedented attempt to convince the Supreme Court to change the presidential election.

The court could decide at any time on Bernard’s urgent motion to postpone his execution. Bernard was sentenced to death in 2000 after being convicted of two murders he committed when he was 18. If the court permits his execution, it will be the ninth federal execution this year.

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