Issue: (1) Whether the Fourth Amendment prohibits the issuance of general warrants to search occupied private dwellings, without individualized suspicion of wrongdoing, for the purpose of seeking evidence of zoning, housing code and other administrative violations that are punishable by fines and/or incarceration; (2) whether the Fourth Amendment’s requirement that warrants particularly describe the things to be seized applies to an administrative search warrant authorizing the search of an occupied private dwelling; and (3) whether a local law that authorizes the periodic issuance of general warrants against rented homes without any factual showing of wrongdoing, while requiring traditional probable cause and particularity to obtain a warrant against the home of a landowner, offends the Equal Protection Clause.
On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the April 24 Conference. We expect one or more opinions in argued cases at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. We will be live-blogging beginning at 9:45.
This is the second week of the April sitting. On Tuesday the Court will hear oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, which is consolidated with three other cases, on the questions of whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires that states grant and/or recognize same-sex marriages. We will be live-blogging updates from the oral argument beginning at 11 a.m.
Glossip v. Gross The constitutionality under the Eighth Amendment of using a sedative as the first drug in a death penalty protocol.