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Waiting, waiting, waiting … gone! After first being listed for the justices’ conference back in November and relisted nine times after that, the constitutional challenge to the death penalty in an Arizona case was denied review on Monday. With that potentially huge case off the docket, the justices this morning gear up for NIFLA v. Becerra, an abortion-related, First Amendment challenge. We take a look at its significance … Also, Jenner & Block’s Adam Unikowsky was the target of Justice Elena Kagan’s gentle humor during a rare contract clause argument on Monday, and we update you on what has been happening with the effort to get a cy pres case before the justices.

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Tony Mauro

Tony Mauro, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. A lead writer for ALM's Supreme Court Brief, Tony focuses on the court's history and traditions, appellate advocacy and the SCOTUS cases that matter most to business litigators. Contact him at tmauro@alm.com. On Twitter: @Tonymauro

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at mcoyle@alm.com. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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