Jedidiah Murphy is dead, and the justices didn’t even have to tell us why they let it happen. Also: Louisiana's elections, and Montana's anti-drag law.
Thank you, Chris, for calling out a singular grievous instance of jurisprudential injustice and, frankly, a tidal wave of juducial malpractice by a maleovelent Supreme Court majority that was larded with incompetent Trump appointees.
Landry...[sigh], he makes Bobby Jindal look like a crusading reformer.
As a law student, it’s really shocking to me how little coverage there is on issues like this. Even the words “shadow docket” are treated like taboo around here and honestly, legal education’s lack of anchorage in reality is complicit to the lack of transparency we later normalize. Thank you for covering this! You get the genz stamp of approval for being a cool dude and keeping us informed. Will be recommending your newsletter to other nerds around here. 👍🏽
Whatever one thinks on the merits, the court's silence and inaction would be easier to accept or even defend if the court's docket were pressed to the buffers. To the contrary, the can-it-possibly-go-lower declining number of grants has been a thing for as long as I've been watching the court; eighteen years now. Here's my pitch: I think that Congress should restore mandatory jurisdiction in some cases, and death penalty collateral review strikes me as an obvious candidate. We are talking about a baker's dozen cases a term. See https://www.statista.com/statistics/271100/number-of-executions-in-the-us. Don't tell me the court doesn't have time, cf. https://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/SCOTUSblog-Final-STAT-PACK-OT2021.pdf, or that someone's life isn't high enough stakes. I see no adequate reason why a court that takes seventy cases a year shouldn't at least be obliged to explain why—even if it's only in a one page per curiam opinion—a man's request that he not be killed by his government should be refused.
RIP Jedidiah Murphy. Texas’s legal insurrection continues aided by the Supremes tendency of silence in the shadow docket. Silence speaks loudly by SCUTUS’s shadow docket ruling lifting the stay that prevented Jedidiah’s execution not intelligently, not jurisprudentially, rather, institutional cowardice.
The only solution I see is for Biden to increase the size of SCOTUS.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention
RIP Jedediah Murphy.
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Sotomayor used to occasionally dissent or provide statements of concern without dissenting.
Jackson dissented once after the execution. But, for whatever reason, this is coming to be the norm.
I don't like the lack of comments in these final orders generally. But, this was a more atypical case where the lower court granted a stay. Had to explain why it was wrong AND explain why they shouldn't have intervened. I'm annoyed at the liberals' silence.
We should stop acting like there are “unnoted” dissents in shadow docket orders and such. If a justice can’t be bothered to even note a dissent, much less write something, we should assume they voted in favor of the action. Stop pretending they silently object when there’s no evidence.