The Christian cert petition, originally filed pro se IFP, has now secured the assistance of counsel, with David Sheldon as lead counsel on Christian‘s reply brief, which was filed 31 January. The Supreme Court has scheduled Christian for the 16 February conference, during which the Court will also consider the Lovett cert petition.
The SG’s response is due in New, the collateral attack on a court-martial conviction, by 21 February.
The SG is quickly running out of time to file a cert petition in either Lane or Long. In both cases, a cert petition would be due this coming Monday. The SG has sought cert in eight cases since last Term ended on 29 June 2006 — none of them from the military justice system. (Each of the cert petitions is available here.) The Supremes have granted cert in four and four remain pending. (The Supremes acted on another four SG cert petitions this Term, but those were all filed last Term. One was granted, two resulted in GVRs and one was, gasp, denied!)