Docket for 08-1438
No. 08-1438
Title:
Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III, Petitioner
v.
Texas, et al.
Docketed:May 21, 2009
Lower Ct:United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  Case Nos.:(07-50632)
  Decision Date:February 17, 2009
Questions Presented

~~~Date~~~ ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
May 18 2009 Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 22, 2009)
Jun 11 2009 Order extending time to file response to petition to and including July 22, 2009.
Jun 22 2009 Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Evangelicals filed.
Jun 22 2009 Brief amicus curiae of Rutherford Institute filed.
Jul 22 2009 Brief of respondents Texas, et al. in opposition filed.
Aug 4 2009 Reply brief of petitioner Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III filed.
Sep 18 2009 Letter received from counsel for petitioner.
Oct 14 2009 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 30, 2009.
Nov 2 2009 The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
Mar 18 2010 Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Mar 31 2010 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 16, 2010.
Mar 31 2010 Supplemental brief of petitioner Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III filed. (Distributed).
Apr 1 2010 Supplemental brief of respondents Texas, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Apr 14 2010 Letter of April 12, 2010, from counsel for petitioner received.
May 4 2010 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 20, 2010.
May 24 2010 Petition GRANTED limited to the following Question: "Whether an individual may sue a State or a state official in his official capacity for damages for violations of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.�S.�C. �2000cc et seq. (2000 ed.)."
Jun 4 2010 Record received from U.S.C.A. for Fifth Circuit. (1 Envelope)
Jun 10 2010 Motion for leave to proceed further herein in forma pauperis filed by petitioner Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III. (CL Page 163)
Jun 15 2010 Record received from the U.S.D.C. for the Western District of Texas. (1 box)
Jun 18 2010 The time within which to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including August 3, 2010.
Jun 18 2010 The time within which to file respondents' brief on the merits is extended to and including September 27, 2010.
Jun 22 2010 Motion to appoint counsel filed by petitioner Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III.
Jun 23 2010 Motion DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 27, 2010.
Jun 28 2010 Consent to the filing of amicus briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the respondents
Jul 19 2010 Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III.
Jul 25 2010 Consent to the filing of amicus briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioner.
Aug 3 2010 Brief of petitioner Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III filed.
Aug 6 2010 Brief amici curiae of Christian Legal Society and Prison Fellowship filed.
Aug 10 2010 Brief amicus curiae of the United States filed.
Aug 10 2010 Brief amicus curiae of The Rutherford Institute filed.
Aug 10 2010 Brief amicus curiae of National Association of Evangelicals filed.
Aug 10 2010 Brief amicus curiae of Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed.
Aug 10 2010 Brief amicus curiae of Charles E. Sisney filed.
Aug 10 2010 Brief amici curiae of American Civil Liberties Union, et al. filed.
Aug 20 2010 CIRCULATED.
Aug 24 2010 SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
Sep 3 2010 Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED. Justice Kagan took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion.
Sep 7 2010 Justice Kagan is recused in this case.
Sep 20 2010 Motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Sep 27 2010 Brief of respondents Texas, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Oct 4 2010 Motion for leave to proceed further herein in forma pauperis DENIED. Justice Kagan took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion.
Oct 4 2010 Motion to appoint counsel filed by petitioner DENIED. Justice Kagan took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion.
Oct 4 2010 Brief amici curiae of Florida, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Oct 18 2010 Motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED. Justice Kagan took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion.
Oct 21 2010 Reply of petitioner Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III filed. (Distributed)
Nov 2 2010 Argued. For petitioner: Kevin K. Russell, Bethesda, Md.; and Sarah E. Harrington, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondents: James C. Ho, Solicitor General, Austin, Tex.
Apr 20 2011 Adjudged to be AFFIRMED. Thomas, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, and Alito, JJ., joined. Sotomayor, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Breyer, J., joined. Kagan, J., took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.
May 23 2011 JUDGMENT ISSUED.
Jun 6 2011 Record returned to U.S.C.A. for 5th Circuit.
Jun 6 2011 Record returned to U.S.D.C. for Western District of Texas.



~~Name~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~    ~~~~~~~Address~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   ~~Phone~~~
Attorneys for Petitioner:
Kevin K. Russell Goldstein & Russell, P.C.(202) 362-0636
    Counsel of Record5225 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC  20015
kr@goldsteinrussell.com
Party name: Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III
Attorneys for Respondents:
James C. Ho Solicitor General(512) 936-1700
    Counsel of Record Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 12548 (MC 059)
Austin, TX  78711-2548
James_Ho@oag.state.tx.us
Party name: Texas, et al.
Other:
Kathryn M. Davis c/o Chapman University School of Law(714) 628-2504
Appellate Litigation Clinic
One University Drive
Orange, CA  92866
Kathryn.Davis@Kmdavislaw.com
Party name: Charles E. Sisney
 
Sarah Elaine Harrington Assistant to the Solicitor General
Department of Justice
Washington, DC  20530
Party name: Harvey Leroy Sossamon, III v. Texas, et al.
 
Elena Kagan Solicitor General(202) 514-2217
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC  20530-0001
SupremeCtBriefs@USDOJ.gov
Party name: United States
 
Neal Kumar Katyal Acting Solicitor General(202) 514-2217
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC  20530-0001
SupremeCtBriefs@USDOJ
Party name: the United States
 
James K. Lehman Nelsen Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP(803) 799-2000
1320 Main Street, 17th Floor
Columbia, SC  29201
Jim.Lehman@nelsonmullins.com
Party name: Christian Legal Society and Prison Fellowship
 
Scott D. Makar Solicitor General(850) 414-3300
Office of Attorney General of Florida
The Capitol,Suite PL-01
Tallahassee, FL  32399
scott.makar@myfloridalegal.com
Party name: Florida, et al.
 
Eric C. Rassbach Becket Fund for Religious Liberty(202) 349-7214
3000 K Street, NW, Suite 220
Washington, DC  20007
erassbach@becketfund.org
Party name: Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
 
Gene Schaerr Winston & Strawn LLP(202) 282-5000
1700 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC  20006
gschaerr@winston.com
Party name: American Civil Liberties Union, et al.
 
Kelly J. Shackelford Liberty Institute(972) 941-4444
2001 Plano Parkway, Suite 1600
Plano, TX  75075
kshackford@libertyinstitute.org
Party name: National Association of Evangelicals
 
John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute(434) 978-3888
1440 Sachem Place
Charlottesville, VA  22901
johnw@rutherford.org
Party name: Rutherford Institute