|Justice Scalia’s Passing: What it means for Friedrichs vs. CTA in 5 FAQs|
|posted by: Alana | February 18, 2016, 10:23 PM|
In light of Justice Scalia’s sudden passing, many teachers are anxious to know the status of the Friedrichs vs. CTA Supreme Court case.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions and their respective answers:
First and foremost, the Friedrichs case is not over. However, as a result of a potential tie decision, the Center for Individual Rights has announced plans to argue that the case be re-heard when a full Supreme Court can render an authoritative decision.
If the Supreme Court were to issue a 4-4 decision, the lower court ruling could be upheld. Waiting for a new justice to be seated will once and for all give teachers the answers they deserve about their free speech rights.
While much is still uncertain about the eventual Supreme Court nominee and approval process, experts expect the case to be re-heard during the courts next term, which begins in October of this year. This could mean a year-long delay of the final resolution of the case.
Yes! There are decades-old examples of the U.S. Supreme Court re-hearing cases that have already been argued once a new justice is appointed to the court.
AAE remains fully supportive of Rebecca Friedrichs and the AAE member teachers standing alongside her. This case is too important to not be heard by a full Supreme Court. We’re confident justice will ultimately prevail for the thousands and thousands of teachers who are no longer interested in funding a hyper-partisan labor union.
Learn more about Friedrichs vs. CTA by reading one of the following articles on the AAE blog:
Have you talked to any of your colleagues about the Friedrichs vs. CTA U.S. Supreme Court Case?