2010 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the 2010 term of the Supreme Court of the United States, which began October 4, 2010 and concluded October 1, 2011. This was the eighteenth term of Ginsburg’s tenure on the Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2010 term statistics
9
Majority or Plurality
7
Concurrence
0
Other
7
Dissent
1
Concurrence/dissent Total = 24
Bench opinions = 23 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous decisions: 2 Most joined by: Breyer (15) Least joined by: Kennedy, Thomas (6)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
4-01


Weise v. Casper • [full text] 562 U.S. ___ (2010)

First Amendment  • free speech  • qualified immunity Sotomayor
Ginsburg filed a dissent from the Court's denial of certiorari. The plaintiffs had been ejected by volunteers, acting at the behest of the government, from a public speech by President George W. Bush because of an anti-war bumper sticker on the plaintiffs' car. The lower court ruled that the volunteers were entitled to qualified immunity because "no specific [judicial] authority" had given instructions on how to address the specific issue. Ginsburg wrote that the ejection was unreasonable and no "specific authority" should have been needed despite the novel facts of the case, because the Court's jurisprudence was quite clear that a benefit (access to the speech) could not be withheld on the basis of protected speech (the political bumper sticker). Ginsburg thought the volunteer status of the respondents in this appeal may have had some bearing on the Court's decision not to review the case, because the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 may have shielded them from suit (although that was not the basis of the lower court's ruling). The lawsuit remained pending below against the government officials responsible for the plaintiffs' removal.

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1-02


Abbott v. United States • [full text] 562 U.S. ___ (2010)

federal criminal law  • mandatory sentencing  • statutory interpretation  • gun laws Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor
Ginsburg's opinion for the Court ruled that 18 U.S.C. § 924(c), which required a minimum five-year prison sentence for the involvement of a deadly weapon in federal drug trafficking or violent offenses, was to be imposed in addition to any other mandatory sentence given for another crime, including the underlying offense. The only exception to the five-year addition applied only when another provision required a longer mandatory term for conduct violating §924(c) specifically, rather than a mandatory sentence for another crime as the defendants had unsuccessfully argued.
2-03


Harrington v. Richter 562 U.S. ___ (2010)

2-04


Premo v. Moore 562 U.S. ___ (2010)

2-05


Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Breyer
1-06


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

Roberts, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan
2-07


Swarthout v. Cooke 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

1-08


Walker v. Martin 562 U.S. ___ (2011)

Unanimous
4-09


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

1-10


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

Roberts, Scalia, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan
4-11


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

Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan
1-12


Astra USA, Inc. v. Santa Clara County 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor
4-13


United States v. Tohono O’odham Nation 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

4-14


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

Breyer, Sotomayor
4-15


Kentucky v. King 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

2-16


Ashcroft v. al-Kidd 563 U.S. ___ (2011)

Breyer, Sotomayor
2-17


United States v. Jicarilla Apache Nation 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Breyer
2-18


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

Breyer
3-19


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Breyer, Sotomayor Kagan
1-20


American Elec. Power Co. v. Connecticut 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Breyer, Kagan
1-21


Bullcoming v. New Mexico 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Scalia; Thomas, Sotomayor, Kagan (in part)
1-22


CSX Transp., Inc. v. McBride 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan; Thomas (in part)
4-23


J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Sotomayor, Kagan
1-24


Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S. A. v. Brown 564 U.S. ___ (2011)

Unanimous

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