That date applies to Muniz’s team. They will want to file a Brief of Opposition to Freed’s petition.
The court has a lot of cases to address, there is no reason to expect them to move this case to the front of the line. Even though they can take as long as they like to schedule a case for conference, traditionally they try to address every petition on the docket prior to taking summer recess.
My opinion is this case will be in conference in late spring or early summer. If they don’t ask for more information and schedule a new conference, we should know if Cert. is granted or denied before they recess for the summer.
This information is based on my own research and experience following past cases. I am not a lawyer and nothing I say should be taken as legal advice or opinions. I could very well be wrong in my speculations.