2002 term per curiam opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The Supreme Court of the United States handed down twelve per curiam opinions during its 2002 term, which lasted from October 7, 2002, until October 5, 2003.[1]

Because per curiam decisions are issued from the Court as an institution, these opinions all lack the attribution of authorship or joining votes to specific justices. All justices on the Court at the time the decision was handed down are assumed to have participated and concurred unless otherwise noted.

Court membership[edit]

Chief Justice: William Rehnquist

Associate Justices: John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer

Early v. Packer[edit]

537 U.S. 3

Decided November 4, 2002

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed

Full case name: Richard E. Early, Warden, et al. v. William Packer
Citations: 537 U.S. 3; 123 S. Ct. 362; 154 L. Ed. 2d 263; 2002 U.S. LEXIS 8314; 71 U.S.L.W. 3312; 2002 Cal. Daily Op. Service 10897; 2002 Daily Journal DAR 12601; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 2
Prior history: Petition denied, sub nom. Packer v. Hill, No. 96-04957, C.D. Cal.; affirmed in part, reversed in part, remanded, 291 F.3d 569 (9th Cir. 2001) (as amended, Feb. 27, 2002); rehearing, rehearing en banc denied, 291 F.3d 569 (9th Cir. 2002)
Subsequent history: Rehearing denied, 537 U.S. 1148 (2003)
Text of Early v. Packer is available from:  Findlaw 

INS v. Ventura[edit]

537 U.S. 12

Decided November 4, 2002

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded

Full case name: Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Fredy Orlando Ventura
Citations: 537 U.S. 12; 123 S. Ct. 353; 154 L. Ed. 2d 272; 2002 U.S. LEXIS 8313; 71 U.S.L.W. 3314; 2002 Cal. Daily Op. Service 10898; 2002 Daily Journal DAR 12603; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 1
Prior history: Petition for asylum denied, appeal denied, No. A72-688-860, Board of Immigration Appeals; review granted, remanded, 264 F.3d 1150 (9th Cir. 2001);
Subsequent history: On remand, remitted, 317 F.3d 1003 (9th Cir. 2003)
Text of INS v. Ventura is available from:  Findlaw 

Woodford v. Visciotti[edit]

537 U.S. 19

Decided November 4, 2002

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed

Full case name: Jeanne Woodford, Warden v. John Louis Visciotti
Citations: 537 U.S. 19; 123 S. Ct. 357; 154 L. Ed. 2d 279; 2002 U.S. LEXIS 8312; 71 U.S.L.W. 3315; 2002 Cal. Daily Op. Service 10900; 2002 Daily Journal DAR 12605; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 6
Prior history: Writ of habeas corpus granted in part, denied in part, No. CV 97-04591, C.D. Cal.; affirmed, 288 F.3d 1097 (9th Cir. 2002)
Subsequent history: Cert. denied, 537 U.S. 1004 (2002)
Text of Woodford v. Visciotti is available from:  Findlaw 

Abdur'Rahman v. Bell[edit]

537 U.S. 88

Decided December 10, 2002

Writ of certiorari to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed

The Court in Abdur'Rahman dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.

Stevens filed a dissent.

Full case name: Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman v. Ricky Bell, Warden
Citations: 537 U.S. 88; 123 S. Ct. 594; 154 L. Ed. 2d 501; 2002 U.S. LEXIS 9240; 71 U.S.L.W. 4022; 2002 Day 13901; 2002 Cal. Daily Op. Service 11850; 2002 Daily Journal DAR 13901; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 22
Prior history: Stay of execution granted, 927 F. Supp. 262; summary judgment denied, 990 F. Supp. 985 (M.D. Tenn. 1998); writ of habeas corpus granted, remanded, 999 F. Supp. 1073 (M.D. Tenn. 1998); affirmed in part, reversed in part, remanded, 226 F.3d 696 (6th Cir. 2000); rehearing, rehearing en banc denied, No. 98-6568, 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 34098 (6th Cir. Dec. 22, 2000); cert. denied, 534 U.S. 970 (2001); rehearing, rehearing en banc denied, No. 98-6568, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 2520 (6th Cir. Feb. 11, 2002); stay of execution granted, 535 U.S. 981 (2002); cert. granted, 535 U.S. 1016 (2002)
Subsequent history: Rehearing denied, 537 U.S. 1227 (2003)
Text of Abdur'Rahman v. Bell is available from:  Findlaw 

Kaupp v. Texas[edit]

538 U.S. 626

Decided May 5, 2003

Texas Court of Appeals, Fourteenth District vacated and remanded

Full case name: Robert Kaupp v. Texas
Citations: 538 U.S. 626; 123 S. Ct. 1843; 155 L. Ed. 2d 814; 2003 U.S. LEXIS 3670; 71 U.S.L.W. 3696; 2003 Daily Journal DAR 4865; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 263
Prior history: Defendant convicted, Harris County District Court; affirmed, No. 14-00-00128, 2001 Tex. App. LEXIS 3732 (Tex. App. June 7, 2001); review denied, Tex. Crim. App., Apr. 17, 2002
Subsequent history: On remand, remanded, No. 14-00-00128, 2004 Tex. App. LEXIS 718 (Tex. App. Jan. 27, 2004)
Text of Kaup v. Texas is available from:  Findlaw 

Los Angeles v. David[edit]

538 U.S. 715

Decided May 19, 2003

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed

Full case name: City of Los Angeles v. Edwin F. David
Citations: 538 U.S. 715; 123 S. Ct. 1895; 155 L. Ed. 2d 946; 2003 U.S. LEXIS 4059; 71 U.S.L.W. 3720; 2003 Cal. Daily Op. Service 4203; 2003 Daily Journal DAR 5289; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 283
Prior history: Judgment for defendant, No. 99-05602, C.D. Cal.; affirmed in part, reversed in part, remanded, 307 F.3d 1143 (9th Cir. 2002)
Subsequent history: On remand, affirmed, 335 F.3d 857 (9th Cir. 2003)
Text of Los Angeles v. David is available from:  Findlaw 

Bunkley v. Florida[edit]

538 U.S. 835

Decided May 27, 2003

Supreme Court of Florida vacated and remanded

Full case name: Clyde Timothy Bunkley v. Florida
Citations: 538 U.S. 835; 123 S. Ct. 2020; 155 L. Ed. 2d 1046; 2003 U.S. LEXIS 4273; 71 U.S.L.W. 3732; 2003 Cal. Daily Op. Service 4373; 2003 Daily Journal DAR 5590; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 317
Prior history: Motion for post-conviction relief denied, Sarasota County Circuit Court; affirmed, 768 So. 2d 510 (Fla. App. 2000); approved, certified question answered in negative, 833 So. 2d 739 (Fla. 2002)
Subsequent history: On remand, affirmed, 882 So. 2d 890 (Fla. 2004); rehearing denied, No. 01-297, 2004 Fla. LEXIS 1533 (Fla. Sept. 15, 2004); cert. denied, 543 U.S. 1079 (2005)
Text of Bunkley v. California is available from:  Findlaw 

Citizens Bank v. Alafabco, Inc.[edit]

539 U.S. 52

Decided June 2, 2003

Supreme Court of Alabama reversed and remanded

Full case name: The Citizens Bank v. Alafabco, Inc., et al.
Citations: 539 U.S. 52; 123 S. Ct. 2037; 156 L. Ed. 2d 46; 2003 U.S. LEXIS 4418; 71 U.S.L.W. 3748; 10 A.L.R. Fed. 2d 837; 2003 Cal. Daily Op. Service 4560; 2003 Daily Journal DAR 5807; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 324
Prior history: Motion to compel arbitration granted, No. 00-261, Lawrence Circuit Court; reversed and remanded, 872 So. 2d 798 (Ala. 2002); rehearing denied, No. 1010703, 2002 Ala. LEXIS 392 (Ala. Nov. 27, 2002)
Subsequent history: On remand, affirmed, 872 So. 2d 809 (Ala. 2003)
Text of Citizens Bank v. Alafabco, Inc. is available from:  Findlaw 

Nike, Inc. v. Kasky[edit]

539 U.S. 654

Argued April 23, 2003

Decided June 26, 2003

Writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of California dismissed

The Court dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.

Stevens filed a concurrence, which was joined by Ginsburg, and by Souter in part. Kennedy filed a dissent, as did Ginsburg, who was joined by O'Connor.

Full case name: Marc Kasky v. Nike, Inc., et al.
Citations: 539 U.S. 654; 123 S. Ct. 2554; 156 L. Ed. 2d 580; 2003 U.S. LEXIS 5015; 71 U.S.L.W. 4602; 67 U.S.P.Q.2D (BNA) 1001; 31 Media L. Rep. 1865; 2003 Cal. Daily Op. Service 5569; 2003 Daily Journal DAR 7028; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 470
Prior history: Judgment for defendants, No. 994446, San Francisco Superior Court; affirmed, 93 Cal. Rptr. 2d 854 (Cal. App. 2000); reversed and remanded, 45 P.3d 243 (Cal. 2002); rehearing denied, No. S087859, 2002 Cal. LEXIS 5250 (Cal. July 31, 2002); cert. granted, 537 U.S. 1099 (2003)
Subsequent history:
Text of Nike, Inc. v. Kasky is available from:  Findlaw 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Three opinions have not been summarized here due to their lack of substantive content: Ford Motor Co. v. McCauley, 537 U.S. 1 (2002) dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted. Borden Ranch Partnership v. Army Corps of Engineers, 537 U.S. 99 (2002) merely stated that the lower court's judgment was affirmed by an equally divided Court. Justice Kennedy did not participate. Dow Chemical Co. v. Stephenson, 539 U.S. 111 (2003) vacated in part and remanded the lower court's decision with regard to two of the six respondents for further consideration in light of Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. v. Henson, 537 U.S. 28 (2002). With regard to the remaining four respondents, the opinion noted that the judgment was affirmed by an equally divided Court.

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