SCOTUS UPDATE, Friday Night: Muslim Ban 2.0 On A Blazingly Torrid Pace…

Less than 20 elapsed hours after receiving some 880 pages (when one counts exhibits and lower court opinions) from the Trump Administration, seeking review of Muslim Ban 2.0, the Supremes have ordered the thus far prevailing plaintiffs to explain whether they think certiorari is warranted — on the favorable (to plaintiffs) decision from the Fourth Circuit. And to do so, within ten elapsed days.

It is safe to say that only in death penalty cases, with an execution date set by the state within days or weeks, do we generally ever see such tightly-compressed time lines — at the nation’s highest court.

This in turn speaks to the gravity of the matters contested in Ban 2.0 — they truly do strike at the core of who we are, as a nation. I will speculate, as I now tuck into my wedge of warm red velvet cake(!), that the high court wants to dispose of this case, on the merits — and to do so, quickly. I additionally think the plaintiffs’ teams will not vigorously oppose certiorari, as they too want it all finally settled — in the favor of the paramount First Amendment values.

So, yes — I take this as a good omen for the teams that are at least 10-0 thus far, in the federal courts on the issues:

. . . .FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017

ORDER IN PENDING CASE

16-1436 TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF U.S., ET AL. V. INT’L REFUGEE ASSISTANCE, ET AL.

The respondents are directed to file a response to the petition for a writ of certiorari on or before 3 p.m., Monday, June 12, 2017. . . .

Now you know — ‘night one and all — GospelFest, tomorrow — then to see “Black Pearl” a musical adaptation of Josephine Baker’s story (local theater tix), tomorrow night. Onward — with a knowing grin.

नमस्ते

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