2005 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 2005 Term, which lasted from October 3, 2005, until October 1, 2006. The table illustrates what opinions were filed by each justice in each case, and which justices joined each opinion.[1]

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.

2005 term opinions[edit]


Case name and citation Argued Decided Roberts Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer Alito
1

Dye v. Hofbauer, 546 U.S. 1 October 11, 2005
2

Schriro v. Smith, 546 U.S. 6 October 17, 2005
3

Kane v. Garcia Espitia, 546 U.S. 9 October 31, 2005
4

Eberhart v. United States, 546 U.S. 12 October 31, 2005
5

IBP, Inc. v. Alvarez, 546 U.S. 21 October 3, 2005 November 8, 2005
6

United States v. Olson, 546 U.S. 43 October 12, 2005 November 8, 2005
7

Schaffer v. Weast, 546 U.S. 49 October 5, 2005 November 14, 2005


1 2
8

Maryland v. Blake,[2] 546 U.S. 72 November 14, 2005
9

Bradshaw v. Richey, 546 U.S. 74 November 28, 2005
10

Lincoln Property Co. v. Roche, 546 U.S. 81 October 11, 2005 November 29, 2005
11

Wagnon v. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, 546 U.S. 95 October 3, 2005 December 6, 2005
12

Martin v. Franklin Capital Corp., 546 U.S. 132 November 8, 2005 December 7, 2005
13

Lockhart v. United States, 546 U.S. 142 November 2, 2005 December 7, 2005


14

United States v. Georgia, 546 U.S. 151 November 9, 2005 January 10, 2006




15

Volvo Trucks North America v. Reeder-Simco GMC, 546 U.S. 164 October 31, 2005 January 10, 2006
16

Evans v. Chavis, 546 U.S. 189 November 9, 2005 January 10, 2006
17

Brown v. Sanders, 546 U.S. 212 October 11, 2005 January 11, 2006 1 1 2 2
18

Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243 October 5, 2005 January 17, 2006 1 1
1

2
19

Wachovia Bank, N. A. v. Schmidt, 546 U.S. 303 November 28, 2005 January 17, 2006
20

Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood, 546 U.S. 320 November 30, 2005 January 18, 2006
21

Rice v. Collins, 546 U.S. 333 December 5, 2005 January 18, 2006




22

Will v. Hallock, 546 U.S. 345 November 28, 2005 January 18, 2006
23

Central Virginia Community College v. Katz, 546 U.S. 356 October 31, 2005 January 23, 2006
24

Unitherm Food Systems, Inc. v. Swift-Eckrich, Inc., 546 U.S. 394 November 2, 2005 January 23, 2006
25

Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. v. FEC, 546 U.S. 410 January 23, 2006
26

Gonzales v. UDV, 546 U.S. 418 November 1, 2005 February 21, 2006
27

Buckeye Check Cashing, Inc. v. Cardegna, 546 U.S. 440 November 29, 2005 February 21, 2006
28

Ministry of Defense of Iran v. Elahi, 546 U.S. 450 February 21, 2006
29

Ash v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 546 U.S. 454 February 21, 2006
30

Lance v. Dennis, 546 U.S. 459 February 21, 2006
31

Domino's Pizza, Inc. v. McDonald, 546 U.S. 470 December 6, 2005 February 22, 2006
32

Dolan v. United States Postal Service, 546 U.S. 481 November 7, 2005 February 22, 2006
33

Arbaugh v. Y & H Corp., 546 U.S. 500 January 11, 2006 February 22, 2006
34

Oregon v. Guzek, 546 U.S. 517 December 7, 2005 February 22, 2006
35

Texaco, Inc. v. Dagher, 547 U.S. 1 January 10, 2006 February 28, 2006
36

Scheidler v. NOW, 547 U.S. 9 November 30, 2005 February 28, 2006
37

Illinois Tool Works, Inc. v. Ind. Ink, Inc., 547 U.S. 28 November 29, 2005 March 1, 2006
38

Rumsfeld v. FAIR, 547 U.S. 47 December 6, 2005 March 6, 2006
39

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Dabit, 547 U.S. 71 January 18, 2006 March 21, 2006
40

United States v. Grubbs, 547 U.S. 90 January 18, 2006 March 21, 2006
*

*

*

41

Georgia v. Randolph, 547 U.S. 103 November 8, 2005 March 22, 2006 1


1
1

2
3


2
42

Gonzales v. Thomas, 547 U.S. 183 April 17, 2006
43

Salinas v. United States, 547 U.S. 188 April 24, 2006
44

Northern Ins. Co. of N.Y. v. Chatham County, 547 U.S. 189 March 1, 2006 April 25, 2006
45

Day v. McDonough, 547 U.S. 198 February 27, 2006 April 25, 2006 1 2 2
1

2
46

Jones v. Flowers, 547 U.S. 220 January 17, 2006 April 26, 2006
47

Hartman v. Moore, 547 U.S. 250 January 10, 2006 April 26, 2006
48

Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. v. Ahlborn, 547 U.S. 268 February 27, 2006 May 1, 2006
49

Marshall v. Marshall, 547 U.S. 293 February 28, 2006 May 1, 2006
50

Holmes v. South Carolina, 547 U.S. 319 February 22, 2006 May 1, 2006
51

DaimlerChrysler Corp. v. Cuno, 547 U.S. 332 March 1, 2006 May 15, 2006
52

Sereboff v. Mid Atlantic Medical Services, Inc., 547 U.S. 356 March 28, 2006 May 15, 2006
53

S. D. Warren Co. v. Maine Bd. of Env. Protection, 547 U.S. 370 February 21, 2006 May 15, 2006 *
54

eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L. L. C., 547 U.S. 388 March 29, 2006 May 15, 2006


1


2


1


2


2


1


2
55

Brigham City v. Stuart, 547 U.S. 398 April 24, 2006 May 22, 2006


56

Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 March 21, 2006 May 30, 2006
1

2
2 2 3
57

Anza v. Ideal Steel Supply Corp., 547 U.S. 451 March 27, 2006 June 5, 2006


*

1
2
58

Zedner v. United States, 547 U.S. 489 April 18, 2006 June 5, 2006
*

59

Whitman v. Dep't of Transportation, 547 U.S. 512 June 5, 2006
60

Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Williams,[3] 547 U.S. 516 June 5, 2006
61

House v. Bell, 547 U.S. 518 January 11, 2006 June 12, 2006
62

Hill v. McDonough, 547 U.S. 573 April 26, 2006 June 12, 2006
63

Hudson v. Michigan,[4] 547 U.S. 586 May 18, 2006 June 15, 2006 *
*

64

Kircher v. Putnam Funds Trust, 547 U.S. 633 April 24, 2006 June 15, 2006
*

65

Howard Delivery Serv. v. Zurich American Ins. Co., 547 U.S. 651 March 21, 2006 June 15, 2006
66

Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc. v. McVeigh, 547 U.S. 677 April 25, 2006 June 15, 2006
67

Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715 February 21, 2006 June 19, 2006


1
1 * 2 1 1
1

2
68

Davis v. Washington, 547 U.S. 813 March 20, 2006 June 19, 2006
69

Samson v. California, 547 U.S. 843 February 22, 2006 June 19, 2006
70

Youngblood v. West Virginia, 547 U.S. 867 June 19, 2006 1 2 1
71

Dixon v. United States, 548 U.S. 1 April 25, 2006 June 22, 2006


2


1


2
72

Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales, 548 U.S. 30 March 22, 2006 June 22, 2006
73

Burlington, N. & S. F. R. Co. v. White, 548 U.S. 53 April 17, 2006 June 22, 2006
74

Woodford v. Ngo, 548 U.S. 81 March 22, 2006 June 22, 2006
75

Lab. Corp. of Am. Holdings v. Metabolite Labs., 548 U.S. 124 June 22, 2006
76

United States v. Gonzalez-Lopez, 548 U.S. 140 April 18, 2006 June 26, 2006
77

Kansas v. Marsh,[5] 548 U.S. 163 April 25, 2006 June 26, 2006
1

2


2 2 2
78

Washington v. Recuenco, 548 U.S. 212 April 17, 2006 June 26, 2006
1

2


2
79

Randall v. Sorrell, 548 U.S. 230 February 28, 2006 June 26, 2006
1

2*
2 1 2 2 2 *
*

3
80

Arlington Central School Dist. Bd. of Ed. v. Murphy, 548 U.S. 291 April 19, 2006 June 26, 2006 2
1

2
2
81

Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon, 548 U.S. 331 March 29, 2006 June 28, 2006


*
82

League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry, 548 U.S. 399 March 1, 2006 June 28, 2006
*

1

3*
*

2
3 *
*

4
3
*

4
*

2*

5
*

1

3*
83

Beard v. Banks, 548 U.S. 521 March 27, 2006 June 28, 2006 1
1

2
*
84

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 March 28, 2006 June 30, 2006 *
1

2

3*
*

1

2


1*

2
1

2

3*


1*

2


1*

2
1

2*

3
85

Clark v. Arizona, 548 U.S. 735 April 19, 2006 June 30, 2006
*

# Case name and citation Argued Decided Roberts Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer Alito

2005 term membership and statistics[edit]

This was the first term of Chief Justice Roberts, who was confirmed following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist on September 3. Justice O'Connor also retired midterm on January 31, 2006, when she was replaced by Justice Alito. The Court's membership had not changed for the previous eleven terms.

Justice Appointed by Date confirmed  % Majority Opinions filed
Chief Justice John G. Roberts George W. Bush September 29, 2005 92.6%
8

2

2

1

Total=13
Associate Justice John Paul Stevens Gerald Ford December 19, 1975 76.5%
7

6

1

14

Total=28
Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (retired midterm) Ronald Reagan September 25, 1981 100% (through 1-31-06)
3

0

0

0

Total=03
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia September 26, 1986 89.4%
9

6

1

5

Total=21
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy February 18, 1988 89.4%
8

7

0

3

Total=18
Associate Justice David Souter George H. W. Bush October 9, 1990 82.4%
7

1

1

4

Total=13
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas October 23, 1991 82.1%
8

2

2

7

Total=19
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bill Clinton August 10, 1993 82.4%
8

4

0

5

Total=17
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer August 3, 1994 80.0%
7

4

3

10

Total=24
Associate Justice Samuel Alito (appointed midterm) George W. Bush January 31, 2006 88.1% (from 01-31-06)
4

3

0

2

Total=09
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. ^ Two decrees that the Court included in its list of bench opinions for the term have been omitted from this table: Alaska v. United States, Jan. 26, 2006, a per curiam decree that entered the Court's judgment from its prior term decision (see Alaska v. United States, 545 U.S. 75 (2005)); and Arizona v. California, Mar. 27, 2006, a decree entered to approve the parties' settlement.
  2. ^ Maryland v. Blake dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.
  3. ^ The decision in Mohawk Industries, Inc. summarily vacated and remanded the case for further consideration in light of Anza v. Ideal Steel Supply Corp., 547 U.S. 451 (2006).
  4. ^ Only the reargument date for Hudson v. Michigan is given in the table; the case was first argued January 9, 2006, and then scheduled for reargument after Justice Alito's confirmation because his vote was needed to break a tie.
  5. ^ Only the reargument date for Kansas v. Marsh is given in the table; the case was first argued December 7, 2005, and then scheduled for reargument after Justice Alito's confirmation because his vote was needed to break a tie.

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