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Docket Number 15-118
Term 2016
Full Name Jesus C. Hernandez v. Jesus Mesa, Jr.
Short Name Jesus C. Hernandez v. Jesus Mesa, Jr.
Petitioner Jesus C. Hernandez
Respondent Jesus Mesa, Jr.
Date Argued (Reargued) Feb. 21, 2017
Date Decided

Question Presented

In Boumediene v. Bush, this Court held that the Constitution's extraterritorial application "turn[s] on objective factors and practical concerns," not a "formal sovereignty-based test." 553 U.S. 723, 764 (2008). That holding is consistent with Justice Kennedy's concurrence two decades earlier in United States v. Verdugo(cid:173)Urquidez, 494 U.S. 259 (1990), rejecting four Justices' formalist approach to extraterritorial application of the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement. The questions presented are: 1. Does a formalist or functionalist analysis govern the extraterritorial application of the Fourth Amendment's prohibition on unjustified deadly force, as applied to a cross-border shooting of an unarmed Mexican citizen in an enclosed area controlled by the United States? 2. May qualified immunity be granted or denied based on facts-such as the victim's legal status(cid:173) unknown to the officer at the time of the incident? IN ADDITION TO THE QUESTIONS PRESENTED BY THE PETITION, THE PARTIES ARE DIRECTED TO BRIEF AND ARGUE THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: “WHETHER THE CLAIM IN THIS CASE MAY BE ASSERTED UNDER BIVENS v. SIX UNKNOWN FED. NARCOTICS AGENTS, 403 U.S. 388 (1971).”

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Case Events

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58 2017-02-21 Argued. For petitioners: Robert C. Hilliard, Corpus Christi, Tex. For respondent Jesus Mesa, Jr.: Randolph J. Ortega, El Paso, Tex. For federal respondents: Edwin S. Kneedler, Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C.
57 2017-02-08 Reply of petitioners Jesus C. Hernandez, et al. filed. (Distributed)
56 2017-02-01 Record received from the U.S.C.A. 5th Circuit. The record is electronic and available on PACER.
55 2017-01-23 Motion for divided argument filed by Federal Respondents GRANTED.
54 2017-01-17 Brief amicus curiae of Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed. (Distributed)
53 2017-01-17 Brief amicus curiae of APA Watch filed. (Distributed)
52 2017-01-17 CIRCULATED.
51 2017-01-13 Motion for divided argument filed by Federal Respondents.
50 2017-01-09 Brief of respondent Jesus Mesa, Jr. filed.
49 2017-01-09 Brief of Federal Respondents filed.
48 2016-12-30 Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 5th Circuit.
47 2016-12-22 SET FOR ARGUMENT on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
46 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of American Civil Liberties Union, et al. filed.
45 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of Mexican Jurists, Practitioners, and Scholars filed.
44 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of Former Police Chiefs filed.
43 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of Amnesty International USA, et al. filed.
42 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of Border Action Network, et al. filed.
41 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of Legal Historians filed.
40 2016-12-09 Brief amicus curiae of Restore the Fourth, Inc. filed.
39 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of Border Scholars filed.
38 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of Former Officials of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency filed.
37 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of Ten Law Professors filed.
36 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of The American Immigration Council, et al. filed.
35 2016-12-09 Brief amici curiae of Professors James E. Pfander, Carlos M. Vazquez, and Anya Bernstein filed.
34 2016-12-09 Brief amicus curiae of Constitutional Accountability Center filed.
33 2016-12-09 Brief amicus curiae of Professor Gregory C. Sisk in support of neither party filed.
32 2016-12-09 Brief amicus curiae of Government of the United Mexican States filed.
31 2016-12-08 Brief amici curiae of Constitutional Law Scholars filed.
30 2016-12-02 Brief of petitioners Jesus C. Hernandez, et al. filed.
29 2016-12-01 Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party from counsel for respondent Jesus Mesa, Jr.
28 2016-11-28 Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED.
27 2016-11-22 The time to file respondents' briefs on the merits is extended to and including January 9, 2017.
26 2016-11-22 The time to file the joint appendix and petitioners' brief on the merits is extended to and including December 2, 2016.
25 2016-11-15 Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party from counsel for petitioners.
24 2016-11-14 Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner Jesus C. Hernandez, et al.
23 2016-11-09 Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party received from counsel for the federal respondents.
22 2016-10-11 Petition GRANTED. In addition to the questions presented by the petition the parties are directed to brief and argue the following question: Whether the claim in this case may be asserted under Bivens v. Six Unknown Fed. Narcotics Agents, 403 U. S. 388 (1971).
21 2016-09-21 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 7, 2016.
20 2016-06-13 Rescheduled.
19 2016-06-06 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 9, 2016.
18 2016-03-18 Supplemental brief of petitioners Jesus C. Hernandez, et al. filed. (Distributed)
17 2016-03-16 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 1, 2016.
16 2016-02-29 Brief of Federal Respondents in opposition filed.
15 2016-01-17 CIRCULATED.
14 2015-11-30 The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
13 2015-11-16 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 24, 2015.
12 2015-11-09 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 13, 2015.
11 2015-11-02 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 6, 2015.
10 2015-10-15 Reply of petitioners Jesus C. Hernandez, et al. filed. (Distributed)
9 2015-10-14 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of October 30, 2015.
8 2015-09-25 Brief of respondent Jesus Mesa, Jr. in opposition filed.
7 2015-08-26 Brief amicus curiae of Dean Erwin Chemerinsky filed.
6 2015-08-26 Brief amici curiae of Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project, et al. filed.
5 2015-08-26 Brief amici curiae of Amnesty International USA, et al. filed.
4 2015-08-26 Brief amicus curiae of Government of the United Mexican States filed.
3 2015-08-26 Waiver of right of respondents Federal Respondents to respond filed.
2 2015-08-25 Order extending time to file response to petition to and including September 25, 2015.
1 2015-07-23 Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 26, 2015)

Case Counsels

Name Party Name Description Address Phone Type
Andre I. Segura American Civil Liberties Union, et al. Amicus American Civil Liberties Union 125 Broad Street New York, NY 10004 asegura@aclu.org (212)-549-2676 other
Brent M. Rosenthal Amnesty International USA, et al. Amicus Rosenthal Weiner LLP 12221 Merit Dr., Suite 1640 Dallas, TX 75251 brent@rosenthalweiner.com (214) 871-6600 other
Brianne Jenna Gorod Constitutional Accountability Center Amicus Constitutional Accountability Center 1200 18th Street, NW Suite 501 Washington, DC 20036 brianne@theusconstitution.org (202) 296-6889 other
Carmine D. Boccuzzi Jr. Mexican Jurists, Practitioners, and Scholars Amicus Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton One Liberty Plaza New York, NY 10006 cboccuzzi@cgsh.com (212) 225-2000 other
David S. Lesser Professor Gregory C. Sisk Amicus Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr 7 World Trade Center 250 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007 david.lesser@wilmerhale (212) 230-8800 other
Deepak Gupta Jesus C. Hernandez, et al. Counsel of Record Gupta Wessler PLLC 1735 20th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20009 deepak@guptawessler.com (202) 888-1741 petitioner
Donald Francis Donovan Government of the United Mexican States Amicus Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP 919 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022 dfdonovan@debevoise.com (212) 909-6000 other
Edwin S. Kneedler Federal Respondents Amicus Deputy Solicitor General United States Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20530-0001 SupremeCtBriefs@usdoj.gov (202) 514-2217 respondent
Ethan Douglas Dettmer Border Scholars Amicus Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP 555 Mission St., Suite 3000 San Francisco, CA 94105 edettmer@gibsondunn.com (415) 393-8200 other
Hope R. Metcalf Amnesty International USA, et al. Amicus 127 Wall Street New Haven, CT 06511 hope.metcalf@yale.edu (203)-432-9404 other
Jeffrey L. Bleich Constitutional Law Scholars Amicus Dentons US LLP One Market Plaza Twenty-Fourth Floor San Francisco, CA 94105 jeffrey.bleich@dentons.com (415) 882-5020 other
Kymberlee Claire Stapleton Criminal Justice Legal Foundation Amicus Criminal Justice Legal Foundation 2131 L Street Sacramento, CA 95816 briefs@cjlf.org 916-446-0345 other
Lawrence J. Joseph APA Watch Amicus 1250 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 200 Washington, DC 20036 lj@larryjoseph.com (202) 355-9452 other
Louis K. Fisher Ten Law Professors Amicus Jones Day 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20001 lkfisher@jonesday.com (202) 879-3637 other
Mahesha P. Subbaraman Restore the Fourth, Inc. Amicus Subbaraman PLLC 222 S. 9th Street Suite 1600 Minneapolis, MN 55402 mps@subblaw.com (612) 315-9210 other
Martin J. Siegel Dean Erwin Chemerinsky Amicus Law Offices of Martin J. Siegel 2222 Dunstan Road Houston, TX 77005 martin@siegelfirm.com (281) 772-4568 other
Matthew Eben Price The American Immigration Council, et al. Amicus Jenner & Block LLP 1099 New York Ave. NW Suite 900 Washington, DC 20001 mprice@jenner.com (202) 639-6000 other
Nancy Winkelman Border Action Network, et al. Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project, et al. Amicus Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, LLP 1600 Market Street , Suite 3600 Philadelphia, PA 19103-7286 nwinkelman@schnader.com (215) 751-2000 other
Noel J. Francisco Federal Respondents Counsel of Record Acting Solicitor General United States Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20530-0001 SupremeCtBriefs@USDOJ.gov (202) 514-2217 respondent
Peter Karanjia Former Police Chiefs Amicus Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 1919 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20006 peterkaranjia@dwt.com (202) 973-4200 other
Rachel Wainer Apter Former Officials of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency Amicus Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP 51 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019 rwainerapter@orrick.com (212) 506-5000 other
Randolph J. Ortega Jesus Mesa, Jr. Counsel of Record Oretega McGlashan Hicks & Perez, PLLC 609 Myrtle El Paso, TX 79901 randyortega@ellisandortega.com (915) 543-1883 respondent
Richard L. Aynes Legal Historians Amicus 20 Tanager Drive Hudson, OH 44236 raynes@uakron.edu (330) 650-6129 other
Robert C. Hilliard Jesus C. Hernandez, et al. Amicus Hilliard, Munoz & Gonzales, LLP 719 South Shoreline Suite 500 Corpus Christi, TX 78401 bobh@hmglawfirm.com (361)-882-1612 petitioner
Sarah O'Rourke Schrup Professors James E. Pfander, Carlos M. Vazquez, and Anya Bernstein Amicus Northwestern University Supreme Court Practicum 375 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 s-schrup@law.northwestern.edu (312) 503-8576 other
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