This morning, the US Supreme Court has asked for the views of the Texas Solicitor General about a pending petition. At least in my memory, that’s a first.

The case is Rhine v. Deaton (08-1596), which I blogged about earlier today. My earlier post includes links that will take you to the Texas Supreme Court briefing and Texas court of appeals opinions.

I would write a little more about this now, but I’m writing from the passenger seat of a car in the mountains of West Virginia.

See also: SCOTUSblog’s first note this morning about the order.