2008 term opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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This is a list of the opinions delivered from the bench by the Supreme Court of the United States during its 2008 term, which began on October 6, 2008, and concluded October 4, 2009, and statistics associated therewith. The table illustrates which opinion was 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.

2008 term opinions[edit]


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

Moore v. United States, 555 U.S. ___ October 14, 2008
2

Brunner v. Ohio Republican Party, 555 U.S. ___ October 17, 2008
3

Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 555 U.S. ___ October 8, 2008 November 12, 2008 *
4

Bell v. Kelly,[1] 555 U.S. ___ November 17, 2008
5

Hedgpeth v. Pulido, 555 U.S. ___ December 2, 2008
6

Altria Group, Inc. v. Good, 555 U.S. ___ October 6, 2008 December 15, 2008
7

Jimenez v. Quarterman, 555 U.S. ___ November 4, 2008 January 13, 2009
8

Chambers v. United States, 555 U.S. ___ November 10, 2008 January 13, 2009
9

Herring v. United States, 555 U.S. ___ October 7, 2008 January 14, 2009 1
1

2
1
1

2
10

Oregon v. Ice, 555 U.S. ___ October 14, 2008 January 14, 2009
11

Waddington v. Sarausad, 555 U.S. ___ October 15, 2008 January 21, 2009
12

Locke v. Karass, 555 U.S. ___ October 6, 2008 January 21, 2009






13

Pearson v. Callahan, 555 U.S. ___ October 14, 2008 January 21, 2009
14

Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, 555 U.S. ___ December 2, 2008 January 21, 2009
15

Spears v. United States, 555 U.S. ___ January 21, 2009 1 - 1
16

Crawford v. Nashville, 555 U.S. ___ October 8, 2008 January 26, 2009
17

Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Sav. and Investment Plan, 555 U.S. ___ October 7, 2008 January 26, 2009
18

United States v. Eurodif S. A., 555 U.S. ___ November 4, 2008 January 26, 2009
19

Arizona v. Johnson, 555 U.S. ___ December 9, 2008 January 26, 2009
20

Van de Kamp v. Goldstein, 555 U.S. ___ November 5, 2008 January 26, 2009
21

Nelson v. United States, 555 U.S. ___ January 26, 2009
22

Ysursa v. Pocatello Ed. Assn., 555 U.S. ___ November 3, 2008 February 24, 2009 1 2
*

23

Carcieri v. Salazar, 555 U.S. ___ November 3, 2008 February 24, 2009
24

United States v. Hayes, 555 U.S. ___ November 10, 2008 February 24, 2009 *
25

Pacific Bell Telephone Co. v. linkLine Communications, Inc., 555 U.S. ___ December 8, 2008 February 25, 2009
26

Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, 555 U.S. ___ November 12, 2008 February 25, 2009


1


2
3


2


1


4
27

Summers v. Earth Island Institute, 555 U.S. ___ October 8, 2008 March 3, 2009


28

Negusie v. Holder, 555 U.S. ___ November 5, 2008 March 3, 2009


29

Wyeth v. Levine, 555 U.S. ___ November 3, 2008 March 4, 2009 1


2
30

Bartlett v. Strickland, 556 U.S. ___ October 14, 2008 March 9, 2009 1 * 1
1

2
1

3
31

Vaden v. Discover Bank, 556 U.S. ___ October 6, 2008 March 9, 2009
32

Vermont v. Brillon, 556 U.S. ___ January 13, 2009 March 9, 2009
33

Kansas v. Colorado, 556 U.S. ___ December 1, 2008 March 9, 2009




34

Knowles v. Mirzayance, 556 U.S. ___ January 13, 2009 March 24, 2009 * * *
35

Puckett v. United States, 556 U.S. ___ January 14, 2009 March 25, 2009
36

Rivera v. Illinois, 556 U.S. ___ February 23, 2009 March 31, 2009
37

Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 556 U.S. ___ February 25, 2009 March 31, 2009
38

Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Williams,[2] 556 U.S. ___ March 31, 2009
39

Harbison v. Bell, 556 U.S. ___ January 12, 2009 April 1, 2009 1 2
40

Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc., 556 U.S. ___ December 2, 2008 April 1, 2009
41

14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett, 556 U.S. ___ December 1, 2008 April 1, 2009
1

2
2 2 2
42

United States v. Navajo Nation, 556 U.S. ___ February 23, 2009 April 6, 2009




43

Corley v. United States, 556 U.S. ___ January 21, 2009 April 6, 2009
44

Arizona v. Gant, 556 U.S. ___ October 7, 2008 April 21, 2009 2


2
1

2*
2
45

Ministry of Defense and Support for Armed Forces of Iran v. Elahi, 556 U.S. ___ January 12, 2009 April 21, 2009
*

*

*

46

Shinseki v. Sanders, 556 U.S. ___ December 8, 2008 April 21, 2009
47

Nken v. Holder, 556 U.S. ___ January 21, 2009 April 22, 2009




48

Cone v. Bell, 556 U.S. ___ December 9, 2008 April 28, 2009
49

FCC v. Fox Television Stations, 556 U.S. ___ November 4, 2008 April 28, 2009
1

3
*
*

3
2

3
3
50

Dean v. United States, 556 U.S. ___ March 4, 2009 April 29, 2009 1 2
51

Kansas v. Ventris, 556 U.S. ___ January 21, 2009 April 29, 2009
52

Burlington N. & S. F. R. Co. v. United States, 556 U.S. ___ February 24, 2009 May 4, 2009
53

Arthur Andersen LLP v. Carlisle, 556 U.S. ___ March 3, 2009 May 4, 2009
54

Carlsbad Technology, Inc. v. HIF Bio, Inc., 556 U.S. ___ February 24, 2009 May 4, 2009


1


2


3


3
55

Flores-Figueroa v. United States, 556 U.S. ___ February 25, 2009 May 4, 2009 1 1 2
56

Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. ___ December 10, 2008 May 18, 2009 1 1 1
1

2
57

AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen, 556 U.S. ___ December 10, 2008 May 18, 2009


58

Montejo v. Louisiana, 556 U.S. ___ January 13, 2009 May 26, 2009 1


1 1
1*

2


59

Haywood v. Drown, 556 U.S. ___ December 3, 2008 May 26, 2009 *
60

Abuelhawa v. United States, 556 U.S. ___ March 4, 2009 May 26, 2009
61

Bobby v. Bies, 556 U.S. ___ April 27, 2009 June 1, 2009
62

CSX Transp., Inc. v. Hensley, 556 U.S. ___ June 1, 2009 1 2
63

Republic of Iraq v. Beaty, 556 U.S. ___ April 20, 2009 June 8, 2009
64

Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co., 556 U.S. ___ March 3, 2009 June 8, 2009 1
1

2
1 1
65

United States v. Denedo, 556 U.S. ___ March 25, 2009 June 8, 2009
66

United States ex rel. Eisenstein v. City of New York, 556 U.S. ___ April 21, 2009 June 8, 2009
67

Boyle v. United States, 556 U.S. ___ January 14, 2009 June 8, 2009
68

Indiana State Police Pension Trust v. Chrysler LLC, 556 U.S. ___ June 9, 2009
69

Polar Tankers, Inc. v. City of Valdez, 557 U.S. ___ April 1, 2009 June 15, 2009 1 1 *
*

2
70

Nijhawan v. Holder, 557 U.S. ___ April 27, 2009 June 15, 2009
71

District Attorney's Office for Third Judicial Dist. v. Osborne, 557 U.S. ___ March 2, 2009 June 18, 2009 1


1*

2


*
1 1


72

Yeager v. United States, 557 U.S. ___ March 23, 2009 June 18, 2009
1

2
*

1

2
1

2
73

Travelers Indemnity Co. v. Bailey, 557 U.S. ___ March 30, 2009 June 18, 2009
74

Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc., 557 U.S. ___ March 31, 2009 June 18, 2009 1
1

2
1

2
1

2
75

Northwest Austin Municipal Util. Dist. No. One v. Holder, 557 U.S. ___ April 29, 2009 June 22, 2009
76

Forest Grove School Dist. v. T. A., 557 U.S. ___ April 28, 2009 June 22, 2009
77

Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, 557 U.S. ___ January 12, 2009 June 22, 2009
*

1


2
78

Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 557 U.S. ___ November 10, 2008 June 25, 2009


79

Safford Unified School Dist. #1 v. Redding, 557 U.S. ___ April 21, 2009 June 25, 2009
*

1
2
*

1

3
80

Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend, 557 U.S. ___ March 2, 2009 June 25, 2009
81

Horne v. Flores, 557 U.S. ___ April 20, 2009 June 25, 2009
82

Cuomo v. Clearing House Assn., L. L. C., 557 U.S. ___ April 28, 2009 June 29, 2009
83

Ricci v. DeStefano, 557 U.S. ___ April 22, 2009 June 29, 2009


1

2


2


2
# Case name and citation Argued Decided Roberts Stevens Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer Alito

2008 term membership and statistics[edit]

This is the fourth term of Chief Justice Roberts' tenure and the third full term with the present membership of the Court.

Justice Appointed by Date confirmed  % in majority Opinions filed
Chief Justice John G. Roberts George W. Bush September 29, 2005 81.9%
8

4

2

3

Total=17
Associate Justice John Paul Stevens Gerald Ford December 19, 1975 55.4%
9

3

2

15

Total=29
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia Ronald Reagan September 26, 1986 84.3%
11

7

1

3

Total=22
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy February 18, 1988 94.0%
7

4

1

1

Total=13
Associate Justice David Souter George H. W. Bush October 9, 1990 69.9%
8

2

1

10

Total=21
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas October 23, 1991 81.9%
9

4

3

4

Total=20
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bill Clinton August 10, 1993 69.9%
7

1

1

9

Total=18
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer August 3, 1994 73.5%
8

7

3

11

Total=29
Associate Justice Samuel Alito George W. Bush January 31, 2006 80.7%
7

8

1

6

Total=22
Notes on statistics:
  • A justice is only included in the majority if he or she joined or concurred in full in the Court's judgment.
  • Percentages are based only on the cases in which a justice participated and are rounded to the nearest one-tenth of one percentage point.
  • 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's per curiam opinion in Bell v. Warden merely dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.
  2. ^ The Court in Phiip Morris USA Inc. v. Williams dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted. The Court had rendered an opinion at a previous stage in the litigation; see Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Williams, 549 U.S. 346 (2007).

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