Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Abbott v. Abbott

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-645 5th Cir. Jan 12, 2010
Tr.
May 17, 2010 6-3 Kennedy OT 2009

Disclosure: Howe & Russell represents the petitioner.

Holding: If a parent has the right to consent before the other parent can remove a child from the country where the child is living, then the parent also has a right of custody under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, and the child must be returned.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy on May 17, 2010. Justice Stevens dissented, joined by Justice Thomas and Breyer.

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