DC to file for cert in Parker
SCOTUSBlog has the story.
The press release, which I'll paste in extended remarks below, says they will ask for an extension of time to Sept. 5 to file.
That'd make the timetable roughly:
Petition: Sept. 5
Response due 30 days after petition is docketed, roughly Oct. 5.
Court returns to start new Term ... first Monday in October is a holiday, so I don't know if that counts, but either Oct. 9 or 15. It rules on the petition when it gets to it.
If it grants, DC's briefs are due 45 days from the grant -- let's guesstimate late November or early December -- Parker's briefs are due 35 days from that, maybe early January, and DC's reply would be due 35 days after that, say early to mid February.
Hat tip to reader Charlie Oldfield.
UPDATE: Here's the Brady Campaign press release on the filing. I find it rather strange. Nowhere does it say anything like "we applaud D.C.'s filing," or support it, or anything like that. It gripes a lot about the DC Circuit ruling, and says the obvious: a ruling would be the "most significant Second Amendment ruling in our history."
Government of the District of Columbia
Executive Office of the Mayor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Dena Iverson
July 16, 2007 202.727.6914 (office) 202.340-7834 (mobile)
District to Take Gun Case to the Supreme Court
Appeal could be first Second Amendment case heard in nearly 70 years
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, joined by Attorney General Linda Singer and Police Chief Cathy Lanier, announced that the District of Columbia will seek to uphold the city’s 30-year old gun law and petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision in Parker v. District of Columbia.
“We have made the determination that this law can and should be defended and we are willing to take our case to the highest court in the land to protect the city’s residents,” said Mayor Fenty. “Our handgun law has saved countless lives – keeping guns out of the hands of those who would hurt others or themselves.”
On March 9, 2007, in a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down a District of Columbia ban on keeping handguns in homes as a violation of the Second Amendment. The decision did not address provisions barring possession of guns outside the home. The law has been in place for more than 30 years.
The ruling marked the first time that a federal appeals court has struck down a gun regulation on the grounds that the Second Amendment protects an individual's rights to bear arms. On May 8, the full DC Circuit Court denied the District’s petition for rehearing en banc in the case over the dissent of four judges.
After careful review and consideration, Fenty and Singer decided to take the city’s case to the Supreme Court, which has not taken up the issue of the Second Amendment in almost 70 years.
To meet the 90-day deadline to file a petition for certiorari, Attorney General Singer today will file a 30-day extension so that the city may file its request with the high court on September 5th.
“The Second Amendment does not prevent the District of Columbia, like other states, from enacting reasonable regulations to limit gun possessions and protect its residents. We believe that we are right as a matter of law and are hopeful we will prevail,” said Singer.