At its conference this Wednesday, the Supreme Court didn’t add any cases to its docket. No straight grants — i.e., granting review with the expectation of issuing an opinion after briefing on the merits and oral argument. Not even any grant-and-holds. There were grant-and-transfer orders in five criminal cases, but those make work just for the tranferee Court of Appeal; until, of course, the Supreme Court is asked to review the Court of Appeal’s action on remand.
Conference actions of note include:
- Four of the five transfer cases direct reconsideration in light of legislation enacted last year that gives superior courts discretion they didn’t have to strike certain firearms sentence enhancements.
- The court modified one of its opinions. (See here.)
- The court ordered the State Bar to reopen and reconsider a complaint against an attorney.
- The court dismissed review in a grant-and-hold case, and Justice Goodwin Liu filed a separate statement dissenting from the dismissal. [Update: A new variation on the new old separate-statement practice.]