Friday, July 30, 2010

Is today the day in Richmond?

Oral argument on the United States' motion to dismiss in Virginia v. Sebelius took place on July 1, 29 days ago. As a general rule, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia disposes of such motions within 30 days (as part of its civil litigation "rocket docket"). Of course, this is not exactly the ordinary case, so perhaps the normal rules should be suspended. But the court has 90 minutes left to meet this implicit deadline. (I just checked the docket sheet in PACER, and there was no entry indicating when the court might issue its decision.)