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Scheidler, et al., v. National Organization for Women, et al (doc. #: 04-1244) (2005)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 11/30/2005
Decided 02/28/2006
Supreme Court Vote 8-0
Note Lyle Denniston (SCOTUS): Filed in 1986, the case brought by abortion rights advocates seeking to use the 1970 RICO anti-racketeering law to stop clinic blockades is back at the Court for the third time.
Supreme Court Ruling Free expression claim sustained (Hobbs Act = inapplicable to abortion clinic protests)
IssueWhether the federal Hobbs Act (18 U.S.C. 1951) criminalizes only extortion and robbery, or whether it also sweeps more broadly and bans acts of violence or threats of violence that obstruct interstate commerce, whether or not those acts or threats involve extortion or robbery.
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Breyer, J.
Certiorari Granted 06/28/2005
Lower Court 7th Circuit
Lower Court Ruling Free expression claim denied
For Petitioner
Alan Edward Untereiner (Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner, LLP )

Jay Alan Sekulow (American Center for Law & Justice)

For Respondent
Fay Clayton (Robinson Curley & Clayton, P.C.)

Opinion - Lower Court
National Organization of Women, Inc. v. Scheidler (7th Cir., 2005) (per Wood, J.)

AP, "High court again considers limits on abortion protests" (12-01-05)

AP, "High court rules in favor of abortion protesters" (02/28/2006)

Medill News Service summary and links

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