I just finished the Term Index, which you can find here. Number of Opinions Released: 72 Per Curiam Decisions: 5 (7%) Unanimous Decisions (9-0, 8-0): 24 (33%) Lone Dissenter(8-1):6 (8%) [Thomas(3), Ginsburg(2), Breyer(1)] Two Dissenters (7-2, 6-2, 5-2) :19 (26%) Three Dissenters(6-3, 5-3): 9 (13%) Five-to-Four Decision: 9 (13%) More to come as I have [...]

The Supreme Court is set to release DC v. Heller and two other cases this morning. The cases will be announced between 10:00am and 10:15am EST, and the opinions will be online minutes later. I’ll be posting my initial thoughts and opinions here, and I’ll be linking to others around the ‘net as they do [...]

The Supreme Court today handed down a series opinions on the penultimate day of the term. Major thanks should go to SCOTUSblog for getting these opinions online minutes after the Court announces them. I’ll eventually change the links to redirect to the Supreme Court’s website, but thanks go to SCOTUSblog for letting us read the [...]

The Supreme Court’s landmark public use decision Kelo v. City of New London was handed down three years ago today. On June 23, 2005, Justices Stevens handed down an opinion that held that “there is no basis for exempting economic development from our traditionally broad understanding of public purpose.” Justices Kennedy, Souter, Breyer, and Ginsburg [...]

US v. Williams (opinion) stole the spotlight amongst last week’s decided cases and for good reason. The court narrowed scope of the PROTECT Act and upheld its basic tenants against first amendment claims. Another case, US v. Ressam, struck me as being particularly interesting. The facts of Ressam (opinion) aren’t terribly complex. Ahmed Ressam tried [...]

The Supreme Court handed down one of the most high-profile decisions of its term, the lethal injection case Baze v. Rees. The Court upheld Kentucky’s use of the execution method, holding that “that petitioners have not shown that the risk of an inadequate dose of the first drug is substantial.” Chief Justice Roberts wrote the [...]

The Supreme Court today handed down an opinion in Begay v. US in which it held that drunk driving is not a violent felony as defined by particular sentencing regulations. Justice Breyer authored a six-Justice majority opinion that concluded that drunk driving does not fall into a category of behavior that “otherwise involves conduct that [...]

Medellin (docket, questions presented, oral arguments, petitioner’s brief) is without a doubt one of the most anticipated opinions of the year. Medellin was argued on October 10, 2007, making it one of the oldest cases still being decided. As of today, it has been nearly 160 days since Medellin‘s oral arguments and last year, the [...]

Supreme Court Releases Snyder Opinion

The Supreme Court today released an opinion in Snyder v. Louisiana. Justice Alito filed a majority opinion with six of his colleagues and Justice Thomas penned a dissent that was joined by Justice Scalia. The Court held in Snyder that a prosecutor who strikes all of the black jurors from a panel using his preemptory [...]

The Court today handed down an opinion in Washington State Grange. Justice Thomas penned a majority opinion that upheld the right of a candidate to ‘declare’ a ‘party preference’ against that parties opposition. Justice Scalia wrote a dissent and was joined by Justice Kennedy.



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