2011 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Samuel Alito

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The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice Samuel Alito 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 seventh term of Alito's tenure on the Court. Justice Alito official.jpg
Samuel Alito 2011 term statistics
7
Majority or Plurality
6
Concurrence
2
Other
6
Dissent
1
Concurrence/dissent Total = 22
Bench opinions = 19 Opinions relating to orders = 3 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 1 Most joined by: Scalia (9) Least joined by: Sotomayor (2)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions


Buck v. Thaler • [full text] 565 U.S. ___ (2011)

death penalty Scalia, Breyer
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Sotomayor
Alito filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari in a case involving a murder conviction and death sentence in Texas state court. During the sentencing phase, a psychologist had improperly testified that blacks were more likely to be violent. The psychologist, however, was a defense witness, and his statements elicited during cross-examination on race as a predictor of future violence did not go beyond his direct testimony on the issue. The defendant was, therefore, himself responsible for the introduction of the inappropriate race-related statements .

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4-02


Doe v. Reed • [full text] 565 U.S. ___ (2011)

disclosure of referendum petitions
Alito dissented from the Court's denial of an injunction, in a case involving a Washington state law that compelled disclosure of referendum petitions. The Court had previously decided in the case to reject a facial challenge to the constitutionality of the law, brought by supporters of a failed petition to bar domestic partnership rights to same-sex couples. On remand, the District Court also rejected the plaintiffs' as-applied challenge, ruling that they were not part of the narrow group that could challenge disclosure, and in the alternative that they had not shown the requisite threatened harm that disclosure would cause. Alito thought the standards the District Court applied were questionable and that important legal issues were raised by the case, for which there had not yet been meaningful appellate review.
2-03


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

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Thomas
2-04


Maples v. Thomas 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Ineffective assistance of counsel
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Ginsburg
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Scalia
2-06


United States v. Jones 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan
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Scalia
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Sotomayor
1-07


Howes v. Fields 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Kagan
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Ginsburg
2-08


Sackett v. EPA 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

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Scalia
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Ginsburg
4-09


Lafler v. Cooper 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

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Kennedy
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Scalia
2-10


Zivotofsky v. Clinton 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

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Roberts
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Sotomayor
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Breyer
1-11


FAA v. Cooper 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Sotomayor
2-12


Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Fourth Amendment  • strip searches Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Breyer
1-12


Rehberg v. Paulk 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Unanimous
1-13


Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd. 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Kagan
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Ginsburg
4-14


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

Ginsburg, Kagan
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Thomas
1-15


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

Confrontation Clause Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer
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Thomas
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Breyer
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Kagan
1-16


Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Breyer
1-17


Knox v. Service Employees 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Sotomayor
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Breyer
3-18


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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Thomas
4-19


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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Roberts
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Thomas
5-20


Mount Soledad Memorial Assn. v. Trunk 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

First Amendment  • Establishment Clause
Alito filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari.
4-21


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 Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas.
4-22


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

Scalia, Thomas
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Kennedy
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Breyer

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