I regret to say that the Court refused to hear Butt v. Utah, the cert petition that I’ve blogged about before. Unfortunate, especially since I got my hopes up a bit — the Court called for the record, and then relisted the case, which is often a sign that it’s paying attention. But if you want to be a litigator, you need to know how to deal with disappointment, especially when you’re filing cert petitions.
In any event, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the people who helped me with my petition:
- Siddharth Nadkarni, a UCLA School of Law student who helped me with research, editing, and drafting.
- UCLA psychology professor Paul Abramson and Terry Gross of Gross Belsky Alonso LLP, who filed an amicus brief supporting certiorari.
- The National Coalition Against Censorship and Paul Smith, Katherine Fallow, and Michelle Singer of Jenner & Block, who also filed an amicus brief supporting certiorari.
Though the Court denied certiorari, I very much enjoyed working on the petition, and learned a good deal from the experience; and I was very glad to have the help of all these people in the process.