2010 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

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The 2010 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 4, 2010 and concluded October 1, 2011. This was the twentieth term of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas's tenure on the Court. Clarence Thomas official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Clarence Thomas 2010 term statistics
9
Majority or Plurality
8
Concurrence
0
Other
6
Dissent
0
Concurrence/dissent Total = 23
Bench opinions = 22 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 1 Most joined by: Scalia, Kennedy, Alito (11) Least joined by: Kagan (1)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
4-01



Alderman v. United States • [full text] 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Commerce Clause  • James Guelff and Chris McCurley Body Armor Act of 2002 Scalia (in part)
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari, in a case involving whether a federal law against felons possessing body armor was constitutional after United States v. Lopez, 514 U.S. 549 (1995), which was the first Supreme Court case since the New Deal to set limits upon Congress's Commerce Clause power. The lower court's opinion held, on the basis of an older case, Scarborough v. United States, 431 U. S. 563 (1977), that the federal law was presumptively constitutional and that it was therefore not subject to the three-part test established in Lopez for analyzing whether a federal law exceeded Commerce Clause powers. In his dissent, Thomas complained that the Court, in its refusal to review the lower court's decision, "tacitly accepts the nullification of our recent Commerce Clause jurisprudence."
2-02



NASA v. Nelson 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

informational privacy
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Alito
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Scalia
2-03



Ortiz v. Jordan 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure  • appealability of denial of summary judgment motion after trial on the merits  • qualified immunity  • post-trial judicial review of sufficiency of the evidence Scalia, Kennedy
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Ginsburg
4-04



CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Alabama Dept. of Revenue 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976  • tax discrimination against rail carrier Ginsburg
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Kagan
2-05



Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc. 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966  • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards on seat belt design  • state law torts against auto manufacturers  • federal preemption
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Breyer
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Sotomayor
2-06



Michigan v. Bryant 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Sixth Amendment  • Confrontation Clause  • hearsay exception for statements to help police address ongoing emergency
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Sotomayor
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Scalia
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Ginsburg
4-07



Pepper v. United States 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Federal Sentencing Guidelines  • consideration of postsentencing rehabilitation
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Sotomayor
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Breyer
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Alito
4-08



Skinner v. Switzer 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Kennedy, Alito
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Ginsburg
1-09



Connick v. Thompson 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Scalia
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Ginsburg
1-10



Cullen v. Pinholster 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996  • introduction of new evidence in habeas corpus proceedings  • Sixth Amendment  • ineffective assistance of counsel Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy; Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Kagan
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Alito
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Breyer
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Sotomayor
1-11



Sossamon v. Texas 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

prisoners' rights  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act  • Spending Clause  • sovereign immunity Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito
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Sotomayor
2-12



AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Federal Arbitration Act  • federal preemption  • class actions
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Scalia
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Breyer
1-13



Montana v. Wyoming 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor
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Scalia
1-14



Schindler Elevator Corp. v. United States ex rel. Kirk 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Ginsburg
1-15



McNeill v. United States 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Unanimous
2-16



Sykes v. United States 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Armed Career Criminal Act  • felony vehicle flight as predicate offense under residual clause
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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Kagan
1-17



Talk America, Inc. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor
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Scalia
2-18



Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. Partnership 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Patent Act of 1952  • presumption of patent validity  • on-sale bar  • clear and convincing evidence
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Sotomayor
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Breyer
1-19



Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

SEC Rule 10b-5  • participation of corporate affiliate in making false statements Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Breyer
2-20



Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

employer retaliation  • First Amendment  • public employee speech  • Petition Clause
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Kennedy
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Scalia
4-21



Turner v. Rogers 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Due Process Clause  • right to counsel in civil contempt hearing for indigent defendant facing incarceration Scalia; Roberts, Alito (in part)
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Breyer
1-22



PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

federal generic drug labeling requirements  • federal preemption Roberts, Scalia, Alito; Kennedy (part)
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Sotomayor
4-23



Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Assn. 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

First Amendment  • freedom of speech  • restriction on sale of violent video games to minors
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Scalia
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Alito
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Breyer

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