Reply To: In denying Snyder petition, Supreme Court upholds Sixth Circuit ruling

Robin Vander Wall
Robin Vander Wall

There’s more than just a glimmer of hope as we look across the horizon. Our responsibility is to make sure that people understand what has really happened and not communicate a false narrative simply because that’s what many people want to hear.

The Supreme Court’s decision to reject Michigan’s petition is NOT enough information to form an opinion about how the Supreme Court might have disposed of the case IF it had accepted the petition. People can speculate, and people do. But speculation is a useless substitution for the truth. And the truth is that we don’t know what the high court’s opinion is regarding WHY the Sixth Circuit arrived at it’s decision holding much of the Michigan registration requirements unconstitutional. All we know is that the high Court (at least a majority of it) is satisfied with HOW the Sixth Circuit arrived at its decision. There is an extraordinarily fine line of distinction between the two types of assessments, legally speaking. But, because the line is so fine, it’s often very easy to blur it and make unreasonable assumptions about the Court’s opinion of a question it has not yet considered.