“Granting Certiorari Without Reservation”

June 29th, 2014

In his concurring opinion in McCullen v. Coakley, Justice Scalia added a parenthetical to the citation for the certiorari grant in the case, “granting certiorari without reservation.”

See Pet. for Cert. i. (stat­ ing second question presented as “If Hill . . . permits en­ forcement of this law, whether Hill should be limited or overruled”); 570 U. S. ___ (2013) (granting certiorari with­out reservation).

Does anyone know what this means? Does it just mean that the Court granted certiorari as the questions were posed in the petition? A quick search of the U.S. Supreme Cour Database on Westlaw shows no other usages of this phrase.

Of late, Justice Scalia has proved to be the master of the parenthetical, as well as section headings.