Although it was on Friday’s conference, there is no order in today’s O’Keefe v. Chisolm case, a case conservatives have urged the Supreme Court to take. The case fits into the argument that conservatives are being harassed in campaign finance cases, and the debate around the raids associated with the John Doe investigation of potential illegal campaign finance activities in Wisconsin has generated a lot of heat.
What does it mean that there is no decision today? It could mean a cert. grant in the next set of orders (the Court now tends to wait a second conference to vet cases to make sure they are suitable cases to be heard). It could mean there will be a cert. denial and one or more Justices will dissent or otherwise issue a statement respecting the denial of cert. Or it could mean nothing. We’ll just have to wait and see.