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  • Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees, the Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business. Please see all COVID-19 announcements here.
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Recent Decisions


October 18, 2021
       
City of Tahlequah v. Bond (20-1668) (Per Curiam)
Officers Girdner and Vick are entitled to qualified immunity in this excessive force action brought under 42 U. S. C. §1983; the Tenth Circuit’s contrary holding is not based on a single precedent finding a Fourth Amendment violation under similar circumstances.

       
Rivas-Villegas v. Cortesluna (20-1539) (Per Curiam)
Officer Rivas-Villegas is entitled to qualified immunity in this excessive force action brought under 42 U. S. C. §1983; the Ninth Circuit’s holding that Circuit precedent “put him on notice that his conduct constituted excessive force” is reversed.



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Did You Know...

A Supreme Mix-Up!


On the evening of October 20, 1914, Chief Justice Edward D. White and the Associate Justices left an American Bar Association meeting and walked a block down the street to the Pan-American Union Building in Washington, D.C., where they were to preside over the Bar Association’s opening reception. However, when the Justices arrived at the entrance, they found its gate was closed and locked. Chief Justice White reached through the gate and banged on the glass door with his cane and shouted, “Open up!” The Washington Evening Star reported the next day, “After assuring the attendant who came that he was really the Chief Justice of the United States and that his companions were the associate justices, admittance was obtained.”

 

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Postcard of the Pan-American Union Building shortly after it was completed in 1910.
Postcard of the Pan-American Union Building shortly after it was completed in 1910.
Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
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The White Court as it was comprised on the night of October 20, 1914. Seated from left to right are Justices William R. Day and Joseph McKenna, Chief Justice Edward D. White, and Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and Charles Evans Hughes. Standing from left to right are Justices Mahlon Pitney, Willis Van Devanter, Joseph Lamar, and James C. McReynolds.
The White Court as it was comprised on the night of October 20, 1914.
Seated from left to right are Justices William R. Day and Joseph McKenna, Chief Justice Edward D. White, and Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and Charles Evans Hughes.
Standing from left to right are Justices Mahlon Pitney, Willis Van Devanter, Joseph Lamar, and James C. McReynolds.
Photograph by Harris & Ewing, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
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