Supreme Court releases its November sitting calendar

The Supreme Court has released its November sitting calendar. The Obamacare cases will not be heard until a full week after the election. Likely will not see a decision in those cases until after Inauguration Day.

United States Fish & Wildlife Service v. Sierra Club (Nov. 2): Whether the “deliberative process” privilege protects draft documents that the USF&WS and the National Marine Fisheries Service created as part of a formal consultation process under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.

Salinas v. U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (Nov. 2): Whether, under federal laws governing benefits for railroad workers, the Railroad Retirement Board’s denial of a request to reopen an earlier benefits determination is a “final decision” subject to judicial review.

Jones v. Mississippi (Nov. 3): Whether the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment requires a sentencer to find that a juvenile is permanently incorrigible before imposing a sentence of life without parole.

Borden v. United States (Nov. 3): Whether a criminal offense that can be committed merely by being reckless qualifies as a “violent felony” for purposes of the Armed Career Criminal Act.

Fulton v. City of Philadelphia (Nov. 4): Whether the city violates the First Amendment when it makes participation in the city’s foster-care system by a faith-based agency contingent on actions and statements by the agency that conflict with the agency’s religious beliefs, and whether the court should reconsider its 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith , holding that the government can enforce laws that burden religious beliefs or practices as long as the laws are “neutral” or “generally applicable.”

Niz-Chavez v. Barr (Nov. 9): Whether all of the necessary information about a scheduled removal proceeding must be provided in a single document to trigger the “stop-time” rule, which stops noncitizens from accruing the time in the United States that they need to become eligible for discretionary relief from deportation, or whether the government can trigger the rule by providing the information in multiple documents.

Brownback v. King (Nov. 9): Whether a final judgment in favor of the United States in a lawsuit brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act bars a claim against a government employee based on Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents , in which the Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit seeking damages from federal officials for violating the Constitution to go forward.

California v. Texas and Texas v. California (consolidated for one hour of argument on Nov. 10): Whether the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that virtually every American obtain health insurance is constitutional and, if not, whether the rest of the ACA can survive.