As expected, the Supreme Court handed down several opinions today.

Waddington v. Sarausad- 6-3, that the Ninth Circuit erred in granting federal habeas relief after a State Supreme Court decision. Justice Thomas wrote the majority opinion and Justice Souter filed a dissenting opinion.

Locke v. Karass- 9-0, holding that local unions can charge members for national litigation fees in certain instances. Justice Breyer wrote the opinion of a unanimous court and Justice Alito filed a dissent that was joined by the three other conservative justices.

Pearson v. Callahan- 9-0, giving district courts discretion to disregard Saucier v. Katz (2001) in determining qualified immunity. Justice Alito wrote an opinion for the unanimous court.

Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee- 9-0, holding that Title IX does not preclude charges of unconstitutional equal protection violations under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Justice Alito wrote an opinion for the unanimous court.

In addition to the four opinions on merit, the Supreme Court handed down an Orders List from last week’s conference and a per curiam opinion in Spears v. US, clarifying their ruling in Kimbrough v. US (2007).


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