2009 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Samuel Alito

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The 2009 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 5, 2009 and concluded October 4, 2010. This was the fifth term of Associate Justice Samuel Alito's tenure on the Court. Justice Alito official.jpg
Samuel Alito 2009 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
10
Concurrence
0
Other
8
Dissent
0
Concurrence/dissent Total = 26
Bench opinions = 25 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 2 Most joined by: Roberts (10) Least joined by: Stevens, Sotomayor (4)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
2-01



Bobby v. Van Hook 558 U.S. ___ (2009)

Sixth Amendment  • ineffective assistance of counsel
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per curiam
Alito joined the Court's per curiam opinion, which had reversed the lower court for resolving an ineffective assistance of counsel claim by applying guidelines published by the American Bar Association nearly twenty years after the trial. Alito filed a separate concurrence to emphasize his understanding that the Supreme Court's opinion "in no way suggests that the [ABA Guidelines] have special relevance in determining whether an attorney’s performance meets the standard required by the Sixth Amendment." Pointing out that the ABA "is a private group with limited membership," Alito observed that its views are not necessarily reflective of American lawyers as a whole. It is instead the responsibility of the courts to determine what conduct by an attorney meets constitutional standards, and Alito saw "no reason why the ABA Guidelines should be given a privileged position in making that determination."
4-02



Wellons v. Hall 558 U.S. ___ (2010)

Roberts
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per curiam
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Scalia
2-03



Kucana v. Holder 558 U.S. ___ (2010)

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Ginsburg
1-04



South Carolina v. North Carolina 558 U.S. ___ (2010)

Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Breyer
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Roberts
4-05



Johnson v. United States 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

Thomas
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Scalia
1-06



Mac's Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co. 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

Unanimous
4-07



Bloate v. United States 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

Breyer
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Thomas
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Ginsburg
4-08



Nurre v. Whitehead 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

Alito dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
1-09



Jones v. Harris Associates 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

Unanimous
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Thomas
2-10



Padilla v. Kentucky 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

Roberts
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Stevens
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Scalia
4-11



United States v. Stevens 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

First Amendment  • free speech
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Roberts
1-12



Perdue v. Kenny A. 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Kennedy
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Thomas
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Breyer
1-13



Stolt-Nielsen S. A. v. AnimalFeeds Int'l Corp. 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

Federal Arbitration Act Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Ginsburg
2-14



Salazar v. Buono 559 U.S. ___ (2010)

First Amendment  • Establishment Clause
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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Scalia
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Stevens
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Breyer
4-15



Graham v. Florida 560 U.S. ___ (2010)

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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Stevens
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Thomas
2-16



United States v. Comstock 560 U.S. ___ (2010)

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Breyer
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Kennedy
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Thomas
2-17



Samantar v. Yousuf 560 U.S. ___ (2010)

Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
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Stevens
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Scalia
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Thomas
2-18



Levin v. Commerce Energy, Inc. 560 U.S. ___ (2010)

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Ginsburg
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Kennedy
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Thomas
4-19



Carr v. United States 560 U.S. ___ (2010)

Thomas, Ginsburg
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Sotomayor
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Scalia
1-20



Hamilton v. Lanning 560 U.S. ___ (2010)

Roberts, Stevens, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor
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Scalia
2-21



Holland v. Florida 560 U.S. ___ (2010)

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Breyer
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Scalia
1-22



Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms 561 U.S. ___ (2010)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor
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Stevens
2-23



Doe v. Reed 561 U.S. ___ (2010)

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Roberts
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Stevens
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Scalia
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Breyer
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Sotomayor
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Thomas
2-24



Skilling v. United States 561 U.S. ___ (2010)

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Ginsburg
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Scalia
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Sotomayor
4-25



Christian Legal Soc. Chapter of Univ. of Cal., Hastings College of Law v. Martinez 561 U.S. ___ (2010)

Roberts, Scalia, Thomas
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Ginsburg
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Stevens
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Kennedy
1-26



McDonald v. Chicago 561 U.S. ___ (2010)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy; Thomas (in part)
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Scalia
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Thomas
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Stevens
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Breyer

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