2011 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Stephen Breyer

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The 2011 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 3, 2011 and concluded September 30, 2012. This was the eighteenth term of Associate Justice Stephen Breyer's tenure on the Court. Stephen Breyer, SCOTUS photo portrait.jpg
Stephen Breyer 2011 term statistics
7
Majority or Plurality
5
Concurrence
0
Other
10
Dissent
0
Concurrence/dissent Total = 22
Bench opinions = 22 Opinions relating to orders = 0 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 1 Most joined by: Kagan (12) Least joined by: Scalia (2)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
1-01



Minneci v. Pollard 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Eighth Amendment  • cruel and unusual punishment  • privately-run prison  • adequate alternative causes of action under state tort law Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Scalia
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Ginsburg
4-02



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

copyright  • Berne Convention  • public domain Alito
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Ginsburg
1-03



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

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act  • applicability to pre-Act offenders Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Scalia
4-04



Wetzel v. Lambert 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Brady disclosure  • materiality of police notes to witness impeachment Ginsburg, Kagan
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per curiam
2-05



Messerschmidt v. Millender 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Fourth Amendment  • law enforcement reliance on overbroad search warrant  • qualified immunity
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Roberts
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Kagan
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Sotomayor
1-06



Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern Cal., Inc. 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Medicaid  • state law reduction of payments to providers  • review by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  • private action to enforce federal reimbursement criteria  • Supremacy Clause Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Roberts
1-07



Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

patent law  • laws of nature exemption from patentability  • diagnostic test of drug potency Unanimous
4-08



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

political question doctrine  • U.S. position on status of Jerusalem  • Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003  • passport designation of births in Jerusalem
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Roberts
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Alito
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Sotomayor
4-09



Setser v. United States 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Sentencing Reform Act of 1984  • federal court discretion to order consecutive or concurrent sentences in anticipation of state court sentence Kennedy, Ginsburg
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Scalia
4-10



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

Fourth Amendment  • strip searches in jail of arrestees of minor offenses Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Alito
2-11



Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Torture Victim Protection Act  • liability of organizations
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Sotomayor
1-12



United States v. Home Concrete & Supply, LLC 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Internal Revenue Code of 1954  • overstatement of basis in property  • statute of limitations for tax deficiency Roberts, Thomas, Alito; Scalia (in part)
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Scalia
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Kennedy
4-13



Hall v. United States 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

bankruptcy  • priority of taxation on post-petition sale of farm assets Kennedy, Ginsburg, Kagan
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Sotomayor
1-14



Armour v. Indianapolis 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Equal Protection Clause  • disparate tax treatment  • administrative justifications under rational basis review Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Roberts
2-15



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

Sixth Amendment  • Confrontation Clause  • expert testimony
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Alito
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Thomas
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Kagan
4-16



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

Fair Labor Standards Act  • exemption of outside salesmen from overtime regulations  • status of pharmaceutical sales representatives Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Alito
1-17



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

Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986  • Fair Sentencing Act  • mandatory minimum setencing  • applicability of post-Act sentencing to pre-Act offenders Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Scalia
4-18



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

mootness due to voluntary cessation  • First Amendment  • compulsory fees for political lobbying by public sector agency shop
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Alito
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Sotomayor
4-19



Southern Union Co. v. United States 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976  • Sixth Amendment  • right to jury determination of facts relating to criminal fines Kennedy, Alito
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Sotomayor
2-20



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

Eighth Amendment  • Cruel and Unusual Punishment  • sentencing of juveniles to life without parole Sotomayor
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Kagan
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Roberts
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Thomas
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Alito
4-21



American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

First Amendment  • free speech  • campaign finance reform  • corporate personhood Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
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per curiam
Breyer dissented from the Court's brief per curiam decision, which held that a Montana state law banning political expenditures by corporations was precluded by Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Breyer wrote that he disagreed with the holding in Citizens United and would support reconsidering it. Even accepting that decision, however, Breyer did not believe it precluded a finding that Montana had a compelling state interest in limiting corporate political expenditures in light of the particular "history and political landscape in Montana."
2-22



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

Stolen Valor Act of 2005  • First Amendment  • freedom of speech  • protection of false statements Kagan
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Kennedy
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Alito

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