Issue: Whether, when considering how much to reduce a defendant’s sentence for substantial assistance pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 35(b), a court (i) cannot consider the sentencing factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), as held by the Sixth Circuit; (ii) may consider those factors only to the extent that they yield a smaller sentence reduction than the defendant’s assistance alone would warrant, as held by the Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; or (iii) may consider those factors to grant either a smaller or a larger sentence reduction, as held by the Fourth and Ninth Circuits.
On Monday the Court granted five new cases and called for the views of the Solicitor General in one new case. Lyle reported on those orders. On Tuesday the Court issued two opinions. Tuesday's live blog is archived here. On Wednesday the Court issued three opinions. Wednesday's live blog is archived here. This is the second week of the February sitting. On Friday, the Justices will meet for their March 7 Conference. Our list of “Petitions to watch” for that Conference is here.
Upcoming Oral Arguments
Wood v. Moss Secret Service agents’ plea for immunity from lawsuit for actions taken against demonstrators who were opposed to the president’s policies.
Clark v. Rameker Whether an Individual Retirement Account that an individual inherited rather than created personally is exempted from a bankruptcy estate
Catsimatidis v. Irizarry Whether an individual may be held personally liable
for a corporation’s violation of the Fair Labor
Standards Act merely
because the individual had general control over corporate
affairs, but exercised no personal responsibility
over the conduct that caused the violation.
Justice Elena Kagan delivers the 2014 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture on Women and the Law at the New York City Bar Association, where (among other things) she attributes the “gulf between Justice Ginsburg’s career and” hers to the work of Justice Ginsburg herself.
Awarded the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media.
Sigma Delta Chi
Awarded the Sigma Delta Chi deadline reporting award for online coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
National Press Club Award
Awarded the National Press Club's Breaking News Award for coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
Silver Gavel Award
Awarded the Silver Gavel Award by the American Bar Association for fostering the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.
American Gavel Award
Awarded the American Gavel Award for Distinguished Reporting About the Judiciary to recognize the highest standards of reporting about courts and the justice system.