2011 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

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The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas during the 2011 term of the Supreme Court of the United States, which began October 3, 2011 and concluded September 30, 2012. This was the twenty-first term of Thomas' tenure on the Court. Clarence Thomas official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Clarence Thomas 2011 term statistics
6
Majority or Plurality
5
Concurrence
0
Other
5
Dissent
1
Concurrence/dissent Total = 17
Bench opinions = 16 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 1 Most joined by: Scalia (7) Least joined by: Ginsburg (2)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
4-01


Utah Highway Patrol v. American Atheists, Inc. • [full text] 565 U.S. ___ (2011)

First Amendment  • Establishment Clause  • religious displays on government property
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari, in a case in which the placement on public land of large crosses to commemorate the deaths of highway patrol officers was ruled unconstitutional. Thomas criticized the lack of clarity and indeterminacy of the Court's tests for whether such a display violated the First Amendment, and noted what he saw as the confusion and contradictions this caused in lower court rulings. "It is difficult to imagine an area of the law more in need of clarity," Thomas wrote, urging the Court to address this problem even if it did not adopt his view that the Establishment Clause only applied to the Federal Government and only prohibited "actual legal coercion."
4-02


Smith v. Cain 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

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Roberts
2-03


Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

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Roberts
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Alito
1-04


Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Scalia
2-05


Perry v. New Hampshire 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

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Ginsburg
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Sotomayor
2-06


Perry v. Perez • [full text] 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Voting Rights Act of 1965  • preclearance  • redistricting
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per curiam
Thomas concurred in the Court's vacatur and remand of a District Court's interim redistricting map for Texas, a state that was subject to preclearance requirements for state redistricting plans under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. While the Court's decision was based upon the District Court's departures from the state's plan that were not based upon legal flaws or other clear standards, Thomas instead believed that section 5 was unconstitutional. Texas should, therefore, have been able to implement its proposed redistricting map for the 2012 election, unless and until there was a finding against it under the alleged violations of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act or the U.S. Constitution.
1-07


Kawashima v. Holder 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

immigration law  • deportation Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito, Sotomayor
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Ginsburg
1-08


Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp. 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito, Kagan
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Kagan
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Sotomayor
1-09


Kappos v. Hyatt 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

patent law Unanimous
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2-10


Wood v. Milyard 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Scalia
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Ginsburg
1-11


Reichle v. Howards 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito, Sotomayor
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Ginsburg
1-12


Elgin v. Department of Treasury 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor
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Alito
2-13


Williams v. Illinois 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Confrontation Clause
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Alito
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Breyer
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Kagan
3-14


Arizona v. United States 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

immigration  • federal preemption  • Arizona SB 1070
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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Alito
4-15


Miller v. Alabama 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Eighth Amendment  • Cruel and Unusual Punishment  • sentencing of juveniles to life without parole Scalia
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Kagan
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Breyer
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Roberts
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Alito
4-16


National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

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Roberts
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Ginsburg
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Thomas
Signed jointly with Justices Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito.
4-17


National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

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Roberts
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Ginsburg
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Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
In addition to the four-justice, jointly-authored dissent, Thomas filed a separate dissent.

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