Here is the order.
BTW, a GVR stands for “grant vacate remand.” It usually means, as I believe it does here, that the Supreme Court has decided a matter that will affect the disposition of another matter pending before the Court at the time. Here, the Court granted cert to review Holt v. Hobbs. and decided that matter last week. Also pending was a cert petition in Knight v. Thompson involving a challenge by a Native prisoner to his warden’s order to cut his hair. the Court held the Native petition while it decided the other petition, which involved a Muslim man’s challenge to his warden’s order to shave his beard.
Now the Knight case will return to the Eleventh Circuit where the court will review the case in light of the decision in Holt.
Here is the opinion.
Here is the NYTs article describing the opinion.
NCAI and Huy filed briefs in this matter, here.
Of note, perhaps, Justice Sotomayor authored a separate concurring opinion quoting from two lower court decisions involving Indian or Indian-related claims, Yellowbear and Wilgus.
Amicus NCAI and Huy
Amicus United States
The Court granted the petition here.
SCOTUSblog’s page on the case is here. Petitioner’s brief is here: Petitioner’s Brief
The Supreme Court granted Holt v. Hobbs, a (handwritten) prisoner petition with the following issues:
(1) Whether the Arkansas Department of Corrections’ no beard growing policy violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) or the First Amendment; and (2) whether a ½ inch beard would satisfy the security goals sought by the policy.
SCOTUSblog page here.