you are forgetting that the Commonwealth gets a chance to respond to the Muniz Brief. Then, SCOTUS needs to schedule the case for conference. There are only 2 conference dates in December leaving not enough time for the Commonwealth to respond and have time to schedule for a December conference. Besides, I believe the Commonwealth will ask for an extension. If for no other reason but to delay. Assuming Muniz and the Commonwealth both do not ask for an extension the best we can ask for is a January Conference. Then if SCOTUS asks the U.S. Solicitor General to weigh in, it will be rescheduled for another conference. The Solicitor tends to take several weeks to respond to SCOTUS’ request for comment. That is why the Snyder case took so long. They asked the Solicitor for his opinion in March and didn’t get it until July.
We will see. I think by the time we are celebrating Super Bowl win and buying candy for our loved one, we should at least know a conference date or whether the U.S. Solicitor General was asked to weigh in.