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2005-06 Supreme Court case tracker
By First Amendment Center Online staff

Case Lower court Cert. granted Oral arguments scheduled Ruling Vote
Carey
v.
Musladin
9th Circuit April 17, 2006

News story

     
Garcetti
v.
Ceballos
9th Circuit Feb. 28, 2005

Analysis

Oct. 12, 2005

News story

Reheard on March 21, 2006

Analysis

May 30, 2006

News story

Analysis

5-4
Gonzales
v.
O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao Do Vegetal
10th Circuit April 18, 2005

Analysis

Nov. 1, 2005

Analysis

Feb. 21, 2006

News story

8-0
Rumsfeld
v.
Forum for Academic
&
Institutional Rights
3rd Circuit May 2, 2005

Analysis

Dec. 6, 2005

Analysis

March 6, 2006

Analysis

8-0
Scheidler
v.
National Organization for Women

(consol. w/ Operation Rescue)
7th Circuit June 28, 2005

Analysis

Nov. 30, 2005

News story

Feb. 28, 2006

News story

8-0
Operation
Rescue
v.
NOW, et al.

(consol. w/ Scheidler)
7th Circuit June 28, 2005

Analysis

Nov. 30, 2005

News story

Feb. 28, 2006

News story

8-0
Randall
v.
Sorrell

(consol. w/ Vermont Republican State Committee and Sorrell)
2nd Circuit Sept. 27, 2005

Analysis

Feb. 28, 2006

Analysis

June 26, 2006

Analysis

6-3
Vermont Republican State Committee
v.
Sorrell

(consol. w/ Randall and Sorrell)
2nd Circuit Sept. 27, 2005

Analysis

Feb. 28, 2006

Analysis

June 26, 2006

Analysis

6-3
Sorrell
v.
Randall

(consol. w/ Vermont Republican State Committee and Randall)
2nd Circuit Sept. 27, 2005

Analysis

Feb. 28, 2006

Analysis

June 26, 2006

Analysis

6-3
Wisconsin Right to Life Inc.
v.
Federal Election Commission
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Sept. 27, 2005

Analysis

Jan. 17, 2006

News story

Jan. 23, 2006 (per curiam)

News story

9-0
Beard
v.
Banks
3rd Circuit Nov. 14, 2005

News story

March 27, 2006

Analysis

June 28, 2006

News story

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6 First Amendment cases on fall docket
By Tony Mauro Topics involve campus military recruiting, hallucinogenic tea, public-employee speech, abortion protests. 09.26.05

Alito has experience in public-employee speech cases
By Tony Mauro Both sides in Garcetti v. Ceballos will study what new justice wrote in 1992 3rd Circuit ruling — which offers glimmer of hope for free-speech advocates. 02.21.06


Alito on the First Amendment: excerpts from hearings
Partial transcript of proceedings in Samuel Alito's confirmation hearings before Senate Judiciary Committee. 01.12.06

Alito to have 1 shot at influencing First Amendment this term
By Tony Mauro But that opportunity will be important one as high court looks at campaign-finance cases. 02.13.06



Despite splintered decision, Buckley tree still stands
By Tony Mauro Justices could have used Vermont case of Randall v. Sorrell to chop down 30-year-old campaign-finance precedent. 06.27.06



Do-over: High court re-hears whistleblower case
By Tony Mauro Alito's vote might not be needed as tie-breaker as most justices appear ready to rule against First Amendment claim. 03.22.06


First Amendment eludes spotlight this term
By Tony Mauro When issue took center stage, court-watchers found rulings ‘a mixed bag.’ 07.06.06


Head-scratching follows Garcetti ruling
By Tony Mauro Will government employees now go public with complaints, rather than to supervisors? 05.31.06



High court affirms decision in Net obscenity case
Photographer had asked justices to overturn ruling upholding Communications Decency Act, arguing law violates her free-speech rights to post pictures of sadomasochistic sexual behavior on Web. 03.21.06



High court again considers limits on abortion protests
Anti-abortion groups argue before justices that they should be allowed to demonstrate without fear of lawsuits, large penalty judgments. 12.01.05


High court backs church in dispute over hallucinogenic tea
Unanimous ruling finds Bush administration hadn't met burden to show that it could ban 'sect's sincere religious practice.' 02.21.06



High court curbs whistleblower lawsuits
By 5-4 vote, justices say nation's 20 million public employees don't have carte blanche right to disclose government's inner workings. 05.30.06



High court leans toward rejecting Vt. campaign-finance law
By Tony Mauro Justices appear to weigh current contribution, spending limits against 30-year-old ruling. 03.01.06



High court nominee well-acquainted with First Amendment
Exclusive analysis by David L. Hudson Jr. As an attorney, John G. Roberts has handled many First Amendment cases in private, public sectors. 07.20.05

High court rejects Vt. campaign-finance limits
Majority faults state legislators for 'constraining speech' by telling candidates, voters how much campaigning is enough. 06.26.06



High court rules in favor of abortion protesters
Justices vote 8-0 that federal extortion, racketeering laws cannot be used to ban demonstrations at clinics. 02.28.06


High court signals changing course on campaign finance
By Tony Mauro Ruling opens door to very exceptions and line-by-line scrutiny of McCain-Feingold that justices once discouraged. 01.24.06



High court takes up dispute over campus military recruiting
Justices to decide whether universities that accept government money must accommodate military even if schools object to 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. 12.05.05



High court to hear arguments this week on campaign finance
Both sides agree trio of Vermont cases provides Roberts Court with chance to put its imprint on how elections are financed and regulated around the country. 02.26.06



High court to hear challenge to ad limits under McCain-Feingold
Wisconsin Right to Life argues commercials barred before 2004 elections should have been allowed because they constituted lobbying, not electioneering. 01.16.06



High court to rehear whistleblower case
It appears Justice Samuel Alito will have to break tie; no new argument date set. 02.17.06



High court turns away anti-war protester's appeal
Brett Bursey was convicted, fined for violating boundaries of 'restricted area' established during president's visit to South Carolina in 2002. 01.17.06


High court won't aid N.J. man seeking to sue cops
3rd Circuit had found that even though First Amendment should have protected Paul Schlaflin's right to display racial slur, police weren't unreasonable in arresting him. 11.01.05



High court won't hear AmeriCorps case
Justices let stand lower court ruling that allows use of federal funds in placing young teachers in religious schools. 01.09.06



High court won't hear appeal from Wiccan priestess
Cynthia Simpson had sought to lead opening prayers at Virginia county government meetings. 10.11.05



High court won't hear campus newspaper appeal
Without comment, justices decline to take Hosty v. Carter, in which 7th Circuit held that public college could regulate campus newspaper's contents. 02.21.06



High court won't hear several First Amendment cases
Disputes involve Bible and sentencing in Colorado, Florida students' religious mural, Nevada tax protester and Kentucky town's anti-leafleting ordinance. 10.04.05



High court won't review release of officer's personnel file
6th Circuit had ruled Tennessee officials had immunity from lawsuit that claimed they put policeman's family in danger by releasing documents containing their names, other info. 03.22.06


Justice rejects effort to shield photos used in murder trial
Florida's attorney general had sought emergency order from Supreme Court after state high court refused to block media access to pictures, videotapes. 12.01.05


Justices decline to hear Calif. wine-labeling case
High court's refusal is latest round in vintner's long-running challenge to state law requiring that wines bearing 'Napa' name be made mostly from grapes grown in that area. 01.24.06


Justices take issue with ban of religious tea
By Tony Mauro U.S. attorney faces resistance when he takes categorical stance against importation of hoasca. 11.02.05



Justices turn away tobacco companies' appeal about ads
Reynolds American, Lorillard claimed California's tough anti-smoking ads smeared their reputations. 02.21.06



Justices uphold campus military-recruiting law
Court rules 8-0 that colleges accepting federal money must allow such visits despite schools' objections to Pentagon's policy on gays. 03.06.06



Justices won't intervene in art flap from Kan. university
10th Circuit earlier rejected argument from Washburn professor, student who said school's display of sculpture — which they contend is anti-Catholic — violated their religious freedom. 03.07.06


Justices won't intervene in spam dispute
High court refuses to review 5th Circuit ruling that University of Texas didn't violate constitutional rights of online dating service by blocking thousands of unsolicited e-mails. 01.09.06



Last appeal refused in 'wanted' poster case
9th Circuit decision, which ordered anti-abortion activists to pay nearly $5 million in damages, stands. 05.02.06



Little sympathy for law schools' free-speech argument
By Tony Mauro Breyer seems to suggest that government is hurt by effort to shield students from military's policy on gays. 12.07.05


McCain-Feingold challenge gets mixed reception at high court
Justice Breyer tells group opposing campaign-finance law's ad limits that it has 'very good argument,' but one that Court already has heard and rejected. 01.17.06



O’Connor a maverick on First Amendment cases
By Tony Mauro Retiring justice cast unpredictable but crucial votes, especially on religion cases. 07.05.05


Patriot Act appeal fails at Supreme Court
Justice Ginsburg, denying emergency appeal by libraries, says 2nd Circuit must consider constitutional questions before gag order is lifted. 10.07.05


Prisons can restrict inmates' reading matter
Justices vote 6-2 in Beard v. Banks that state policy doesn't violate free speech of troublesome inmates.
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    Religious liberty gets boost in hallucinogenic-tea case
    By Tony Mauro Chief justice's maiden First Amendment opinion is clear victory for free-exercise clause. 02.22.06



    Roberts on the First Amendment: excerpts from hearings
    Transcript discussions, letters answering written followup questions touch on news media access, church-state, free speech, campaign finance, pornography, libel. 09.14.05

    Roberts' remarkable feat in military-recruiters case
    By Tony Mauro Chief justice manages unanimous ruling through narrow writing, assertions that First Amendment didn't apply in some areas. 03.07.06



    Ruling bolsters 'deprivation' of prisoner rights
    By David L. Hudson Jr. High court's trend of deference toward prison rules continues in Beard v. Banks. 06.30.06


    Some justices seem to rethink campaign-finance ruling
    Arguments in challenge to election-ad restrictions may have to be re-heard if O'Connor leaves before Court rules. 01.18.06



    Supreme Court hears whistleblower suit
    Bush administration seeks ruling that would make it harder for government employees to win lawsuits claiming retaliation. 10.12.05



    Supreme Court won't hear judicial-speech case
    Refusal leaves in place 8th Circuit ruling barring Minnesota's regulations on partisan activities by judges because they restrict free speech. 01.23.06


    Supreme Court wrestles with Vt. limits on campaign spending
    'You're constraining speech. ... That's very unusual,' Justice Antonin Scalia says during oral arguments. 02.28.06



    Vermont's campaign-finance law put on hold
    Federal judge says portion of statute won't be applied this election period while U.S. Supreme Court considers challenges to entire law. 11.22.05



    William Rehnquist's First Amendment legacy

    High court hears case of military recruiters on campus
    Several justices appear worried that law schools' free-speech rights could be hindered by Congress' tying of university funding to recruiter access. 12.06.05




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