Now, for Heller: Affirmed, quite naturally. Wow! It came down 5-4, with none of the traditionally ‘liberal’ Justices joining the pro-gun rights majority. Scalia must have written an incredibly strong majority opinion and the ‘conservatives’ must have been unwilling to budge. Opinions are straight 5-4, one majority and two dissent. No concurring, partials. I’m surprised [...]

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 today issued an orders list and rejected eleven Baze claims. Justice Stevens wrote brief opinions (here and here) relating to two of the cases where he said: While I agree with the Court’s decision to deny certiorari in this case, it is appropriate to emphasize, as I have in the past, see, [...]

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 ruled 6-2 in New Jersey v. Delaware that neither New Jersey nor Delaware have exclusive rights to construct certain structures in their bordering river. Article VII of the 1905 Compact, we hold,did not secure to New Jersey exclusive jurisdiction over allriparian improvements commencing on its shores.2 The parties’ own conduct, since [...]

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 [...]

I’ve updated my chart with laughter references on the Court. You can find the up-to-date iteration of the full chart here and you can read about my methodology here. Justice Total Roberts 13 Stevens 6 Scalia 51 Kennedy 6 Souter 10 Thomas 0 Ginsburg 1 Breyer 12 Alito 3

The Court released a slew of cases last week, five to be specific, and the vast majority of press coverage has been focused on Riegel v. Medtronics. Riegel isn’t bad, but the case that really drew my attention was Danforth v. Minnesota. Danforth first made news (within the overly excited blogosphere) when the Justices turn [...]

Justice Kennedy’s streak of being in the majority in 5-4 decisions has been snapped today with his dissenting vote (and opinion) in Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisions. Justice Thomas wrote the majority opinion and was joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Ginsburg. Justice Kennedy penned a dissent that was joined [...]



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