The plaintiff, Raland J. Brunson, seeks the defendants' removal from office for violating their oaths.
After the Supreme Court declined on Jan. 9 to hear Brunson's lawsuit, he filed a petition for reconsideration on Jan. 23. On Feb. 1, the court scheduled the private conference for reconsidering the petition on Friday, when four of the nine justices must vote to grant the case a hearing for it to move forward.File: 20230126114616761_rehearing 22-380.pdf
Brunson, who is representing himself in the case, originally filed the lawsuit, Brunson v. Alma S. Adams, et al, on June 21, 2021 in Utah's 2nd District Court. In August 2021, the case was moved from the state court to the U.S. District Court in Utah. After that court ruled against Brunson in February 2022, he appealed to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before a decision was rendered by the 10th Circuit, Brunson realized he could bypass the appeals court and go straight to the Supreme Court by invoking the high court's Rule 11. Under the rule, a case pending before the appeals court may bypass that court's decision and go to the Supreme Court if it "is of such imperative public importance as to justify deviation from normal appellate practice and to require immediate determination in this Court." The Supreme Court received Brunson's petition in September 2022.