2003 term opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The table below lists the opinions delivered from the bench by the Supreme Court of the United States during the 2003 Term, which lasted from October 6, 2003, until October 3, 2004. The table illustrates what opinions were filed by each justice in each case, and which justices joined each opinion.

Table key[edit]


Delivered the Court's opinion

Joined the Court's opinion

Filed a concurrence

Joined a concurrence

Filed a dissent

Joined a dissent

Filed a concurrence/dissent

Joined a concurrence/dissent

Did not participate in the decision
  • Decisions that do not note an argument date were decided without oral argument. Decisions that do not note a Justice delivering the Court's opinion are per curiam.
  • Multiple concurrences and dissents within a case are numbered, with joining votes numbered accordingly. Justices frequently join multiple opinions in a single case; each vote is subdivided accordingly.
  • An asterisk ( * ) in the Court's opinion denotes that it was only a majority in part or a plurality. An asterisk in a joining vote denotes that the justice joined it only in part.
  • A dash ( - ) denotes that the Justice concurred or dissented without filing a separate opinion.

2003 term opinions[edit]

Case name Argued Decided Rehnquist Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer
Yarborough v. Gentry, 540 U.S. 1 October 20, 2003
Mitchell v. Esparza, 540 U.S. 12 November 3, 2003
Barnhart v. Thomas, 540 U.S. 20 October 13, 2003 November 12, 2003
United States v. Banks, 540 U.S. 31 October 15, 2003 December 2, 2003
Raytheon Co. v. Hernandez, 540 U.S. 44 October 8, 2003 December 2, 2003
Virginia v. Maryland, 540 U.S. 56 October 7, 2003 December 9, 2003
1

2
1

2
McConnell v. Federal Election Commission,[1] 540 U.S. 93 September 8, 2003 December 10, 2003
2

2

1
1

2*

3

2
1

2

3
2

1

2*

3*

1
2

2

1
1

2

3
2*

2*

3
1

2*

3

2
1

2*

3

2
Maryland v. Pringle, 540 U.S. 366 November 3, 2003 December 15, 2003
Castro v. United States, 540 U.S. 375 October 15, 2003 December 15, 2003

*

*

SEC v. Edwards, 540 U.S. 389 November 4, 2003 January 13, 2004
Verizon Comm., Inc. v. Law Offices of Curtis V. Trinko, LLP, 540 U.S. 398 October 14, 2003 January 13, 2004
Illinois v. Lidster, 540 U.S. 419 November 5, 2003 January 13, 2004
*

*

*

Frew v. Hawkins, 540 U.S. 431 October 7, 2003 January 14, 2004
Kontrick v. Ryan, 540 U.S. 443 November 3, 2003 January 14, 2004
Alaska Dep't of Envtl. Conservation v. EPA, 540 U.S. 461 October 8, 2003 January 21, 2004
Fellers v. United States, 540 U.S. 519 December 10, 2003 January 26, 2004
Lamie v. United States Trustee, 540 U.S. 526 November 10, 2003 January 26, 2004 *








Illinois v. Fisher, 540 U.S. 544 February 23, 2004
Groh v. Ramirez, 540 U.S. 551 November 4, 2003 February 24, 2004
1

2*
2 1 2
General Dynamics Land System v. Cline, 540 U.S. 581 November 12, 2003 February 24, 2004 1 2 2
Doe v. Chao, 540 U.S. 614 December 3, 2003 February 24, 2004 1 * 1
1

2
Olympic Airways v. Husain, 540 U.S. 644 November 12, 2003 February 24, 2004 *
Banks v. Dretke, 540 U.S. 668 December 8, 2003 February 24, 2004
*

*

Locke v. Davey, 540 U.S. 712 December 2, 2003 February 25, 2004 1
1

2
United States Postal Serv. v. Flamingo Indus. (USA) Ltd., 540 U.S. 736 December 1, 2003 February 25, 2004
Muhammad v. Close, 540 U.S. 749 December 1, 2003 February 25, 2004
Raymond B. Yates, M.D., P.C. Profit Sharing Plan v. Hendon, 541 U.S. 1 January 13, 2004 March 2, 2004 1 2
Baldwin v. Reese, 541 U.S. 27 December 8, 2003 March 2, 2004
Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 November 10, 2003 March 8, 2004
Iowa v. Tovar, 541 U.S. 77 January 21, 2004 March 8, 2004
S. Fla. Water Mgmt. Dist. v. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, 541 U.S. 95 January 14, 2004 March 23, 2004
*

United States v. Galletti, 541 U.S. 114 January 12, 2004 March 23, 2004
Nixon v. Missouri Municipal League, 541 U.S. 125 January 12, 2004 March 24, 2004
United States v. Flores-Montano, 541 U.S. 149 February 25, 2004 March 30, 2004




Nat'l Archives & Records Admin. v. Favish, 541 U.S. 157 December 3, 2003 March 30, 2004
BedRoc Ltd., LLC v. United States, 541 U.S. 176 January 20, 2004 March 31, 2004 *
United States v. Lara, 541 U.S. 193 January 21, 2004 April 19, 2004




1
2 3
Household Credit Servs. v. Pfennig, 541 U.S. 232 February 23, 2004 April 21, 2004
Engine Mfrs. Ass'n v. S. Coast Air Quality Mgmt. Dist., 541 U.S. 246 January 14, 2004 April 28, 2004
Vieth v. Jubelirer, 541 U.S. 267 December 10, 2003 April 28, 2004 1 * 2 2 3
Jones v. R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 541 U.S. 369 February 24, 2004 May 3, 2004
Dretke v. Haley, 541 U.S. 386 March 2, 2004 May 3, 2004 1
1

2
1
Scarborough v. Principi, 541 U.S. 401 February 23, 2004 May 3, 2004
Johnson v. California, 541 U.S. 428 March 30, 2004 May 3, 2004

Middleton v. McNeil, 541 U.S. 433 May 3, 2004

Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. v. Hood, 541 U.S. 440 March 1, 2004 May 17, 2004








Till v. SCS Credit Corp., 541 U.S. 465 December 2, 2003 May 17, 2004 *
Tennessee v. Lane, 541 U.S. 509 January 13, 2004 May 17, 2004 1 2 1




1

2
1

3




1

2




2
Grupo Dataflux v. Atlas Global Group, L.P., 541 U.S. 567 March 3, 2004 May 17, 2004
Sabri v. United States, 541 U.S. 600 March 3, 2004 May 17, 2004
*

1
*

1
2
Thornton v. United States, 541 U.S. 615 March 31, 2004 May 24, 2004 *
*

1
2 2
Nelson v. Campbell, 541 U.S. 637 March 29, 2004 May 24, 2004

Yarborough v. Alvarado, 541 U.S. 652 March 1, 2004 June 1, 2004




Republic of Austria v. Altmann, 541 U.S. 677 February 25, 2004 June 7, 2004




1




2




2
Central Laborers' Pension Fund v. Heinz, 541 U.S. 739 April 19, 2004 June 7, 2004
















DOT v. Pub. Citizen, 541 U.S. 752 April 21, 2004 June 7, 2004

City of Littleton v. Z. J. Gifts D-4, L.L.C., 541 U.S. 774 March 24, 2004 June 7, 2004
*

1
2
*

3
*

3
Elk Grove Unified Sch. Dist. v. Newdow, 542 U.S. 1 March 24, 2004 June 14, 2004 1
1

2
1*

3
Norton v. S. Utah Wilderness Alliance, 542 U.S. 55 March 29, 2004 June 14, 2004
United States v. Dominguez Benitez, 542 U.S. 74 April 21, 2004 June 14, 2004

Hibbs v. Winn, 542 U.S. 88 January 20, 2004 June 14, 2004




Pennsylvania State Police v. Suders, 542 U.S. 129 March 31, 2004 June 14, 2004
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd v. Empagran S. A., 542 U.S. 155 April 26, 2004 June 14, 2004
Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, 542 U.S. 177 March 22, 2004 June 21, 2004 1 2 2 2
Aetna Health Inc. v. Davila, 542 U.S. 200 March 23, 2004 June 21, 2004








Pliler v. Ford, 542 U.S. 225 April 26, 2004 June 21, 2004 1




2
1 1
1

2
Intel Corp. v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., 542 U.S. 241 April 20, 2004 June 21, 2004
Tennard v. Dretke, 542 U.S. 274 March 22, 2004 June 24, 2004 1

2 3
Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296 March 23, 2004 June 24, 2004 1*
1

3
1*

2
1

2

3
Schriro v. Summerlin, 542 U.S. 348 April 19, 2004 June 24, 2004

Cheney v. United States District Court, 542 U.S. 367 April 27, 2004 June 24, 2004




*

*

Beard v. Banks, 542 U.S. 406 February 24, 2004 June 24, 2004 1
1

2
1

2
1
Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 April 28, 2004 June 28, 2004








Rasul v. Bush, 542 U.S. 466 April 20, 2004 June 28, 2004

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 507 April 28, 2004 June 28, 2004

1 * 1 2
Missouri v. Seibert, 542 U.S. 600 December 9, 2003 June 28, 2004 1 *




2
United States v. Patane, 542 U.S. 630 December 9, 2003 June 28, 2004 1 1 * 1 2
Holland v. Jackson, 542 U.S. 649 June 28, 2004

- - - -
Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union, 542 U.S. 656 March 2, 2004 June 29, 2004 2




2 1




2
Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692 March 30, 2004 June 29, 2004
*

1
*

1
*

1
*

2
*

2

3
Case name Argued Decided Rehnquist Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer

2003 term membership and statistics[edit]

This was the eighteenth term of Chief Justice Rehnquist's tenure, and the tenth consecutive term in which the Court's membership had not changed.

Justice Appointed by Date confirmed  % Majority Opinions filed
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist Ronald Reagan (as Chief Justice)

Richard M. Nixon (as Associate Justice)

September 26, 1986 (CJ)

January 7, 1972 (AJ)

85.0%
9

2

0

3

Total=14
Associate Justice John Paul Stevens Gerald Ford December 19, 1975 76.3%
8

9

1

11

Total=29
Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Ronald Reagan September 25, 1981 93.6%
8

4

0

2

Total=14
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia September 26, 1986 74.7%
9

10

2

9

Total=30
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy February 18, 1988 86.3%
8

7

1

7

Total=23
Associate Justice David Souter George H. W. Bush October 9, 1990 78.5%
9

3

1

5

Total=18
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas October 23, 1991 78.8%
9

6

3

9

Total=27
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bill Clinton August 10, 1993 80.0%
9

3

0

4

Total=16
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer August 3, 1994 80.8%
7

5

0

10

Total=22
Notes on statistics:
  • A justice is only included in the majority if they joined or concurred in the Court's judgment in full.
  • Percentages are based only on the cases in which a justice participated, and are rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent.
  • The opinion counts only include the bench opinions listed above; opinions relating to orders and in-chambers opinions are not included.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Court in McConnell issued three majority opinions, each dealing with separate issues of the case: one jointly authored by Justices Stevens and O'Connor, one authored by Chief Justice Rehnquist, and one authored by Justice Breyer.

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