Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A.S. Haley: What Will the Supreme Court Do with The Falls Church Case?

February 25, 2014

The docket sheet in the United States Supreme Court tells the tale. After receiving an extension of time, The Falls Church filed on October 9 in the Supreme Court its petition for writ of certiorari (or review) of the decision rendered by the Virginia Supreme Court last April 18 (and its denial of a rehearing on June 14).

The ever-cocky Episcopal Church (USA) and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, following its lead, declined to file responses to the petition.  Four amici curiae (“friends of the court”, being organizations interested in the case) filed briefs in support of The Falls Church: ACNA, the Presbyterian Lay Committee, St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach, CA, and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The case went to conference last December just on those briefs. And—lo and behold!—the Court ordered ECUSA and its Diocese to file a response before it ruled on the petition.

Such a request is noteworthy, because the Court’s Rules explain that the Court ordinarily does not grant a pending petition without first calling for a response to it.  Had the Court taken no interest in the petition, on the other hand, it could have denied the petition outright at its December 6 conference. the rest


At 9:46 PM, Blogger Larry Sheldon said...

You OK? Long time no update.

At 12:36 AM, Blogger Larry Sheldon said...

No response. I hope nothing bad has happened.

I'll move the blog off my reading list to the Inactive file.

At 4:46 AM, Blogger Pat Dague said...

Hi there, Raymond and I are in israel with bp. Dobbs' tour. The internet has been very poor, and so I couldn't post much. Will be back on Monday, March 10. Thanks for your concern! Blessings, Pat Dague

At 6:05 AM, Blogger Larry Sheldon said...

Glad to hear you are well. I'll move you back to the the "T"s/


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