2008 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Stephen Breyer

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The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice Stephen Breyer during the 2008 term of the Supreme Court of the United States, which began on October 6, 2008 and concluded October 4, 2009. This was the fifteenth term of Breyer’s tenure on the Court. Stephen Breyer, SCOTUS photo portrait.jpg
Stephen Breyer 2008 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
7
Concurrence
1
Other
13
Dissent
3
Concurrence/dissent Total = 32
Bench opinions = 29 Opinions relating to orders = 2 In-chambers opinions = 1
Unanimous decisions: 3 Most joined by: Souter (13) Least joined by: Thomas (5)
Case Issue Joined by


Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
555 U.S. ___ (2008)
Stevens (in part)


Chambers v. United States
555 U.S. ___ (2009)
Definition of "violent felony" under the Armed Career Criminal Act Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg


Herring v. United States
555 U.S. ___ (2009)
Souter


Locke v. Karass
555 U.S. ___ (2009)
Lawful scope of non-union "service fees" Unanimous


Van de Kamp v. Goldstein
555 U.S. ___ (2009)
Unanimous


Nelson v. United States
555 U.S. ___ (2009)
Alito


Ysursa v. Pocatello Ed. Assn.
555 U.S. ___ (2009)


Carcieri v. Salazar
555 U.S. ___ (2009)


Pacific Bell Telephone Co. v. linkLine Communications, Inc.
555 U.S. ___ (2009)
Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg


Pleasant Grove City v. Summum
555 U.S. ___ (2009)
First Amendment: public forum and government speech


Summers v. Earth Island Institute
555 U.S. ___ (2009)
Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg


Wyeth v. Levine
555 U.S. ___ (2009)


Kelly v. California
555 U.S. ___ (2008)
Breyer dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari, in a case that involved the admissibility of "victim impact evidence" during the sentencing phase of a capital trial.


Bartlett v. Strickland
556 U.S. ___ (2009)


Vermont v. Brillon
556 U.S. ___ (2009)
Stevens


Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc.
556 U.S. ___ (2009)


Arizona v. Gant
556 U.S. ___ (2009)


Ministry of Defense and Support for Armed Forces of Islamic Republic of Iran v. Elahi
556 U.S. ___ (2009)
Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Thomas, Alito; Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg (in part)


Shinseki v. Sanders
556 U.S. ___ (2009)
Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito


Thompson v. McNeil
556 U.S. ___ (2009)
Death penalty
Breyer dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.


FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc.
556 U.S. ___ (2009)
Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg


Dean v. United States
556 U.S. ___ (2009)


Carlsbad Technology, Inc. v. HIF Bio, Inc.
556 U.S. ___ (2009)
Souter


Flores-Figueroa v. United States
556 U.S. ___ (2009)
Roberts, Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg


Ashcroft v. Iqbal
556 U.S. ___ (2009)


Montejo v. Louisiana
556 U.S. ___ (2009)


Polar Tankers, Inc. v. City of Valdez
557 U.S. ___ (2009)
Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg; Alito (in part)


Nijhawan v. Holder
557 U.S. ___ (2009)
Unanimous


Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc.
557 U.S. ___ (2009)
Souter, Ginsburg


Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
557 U.S. ___ (2009)


Horne v. Flores
557 U.S. ___ (2009)
Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg


O'Brien v. O'Laughlin
557 U.S. ___ (2009)
Breyer denied the government's application for a stay of the grant of a habeas corpus petition.

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