2012 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 2012 term of the Supreme Court of the United States, which began October 1, 2012 and concluded October 6, 2013. This was the twenty-second term of Thomas's tenure on the Court. Clarence Thomas official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Clarence Thomas 2012 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
11
Concurrence
0
Other
7
Dissent
0
Concurrence/dissent Total = 26
Bench opinions = 25 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 4 Most joined by: Scalia (11) Least joined by: Sotomayor, Kagan (6)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
1-01


Ryan v. Valencia Gonzales 568 U.S. ___ (2013)

habeas corpus  • competence Unanimous
Thomas's unanimous opinion for the Court held that a state prisoner petitioning for a federal writ of habeas corpus has no statutory right to suspend the proceedings when he is determined to be incompetent.
2-02


Chaidez v. United States 568 U.S. ___ (2012)

ineffective assistance of counsel  • retroactivity of new rules of criminal procedure
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Kagan
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Sotomayor
1-03


Marx v. General Revenue Corp. 568 U.S. ___ (2012)

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure  • award of costs to prevailing plaintiff Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito
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Sotomayor
4-04


Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds 568 U.S. ___ (2013)

securities fraud  • Securities Exchange Act of 1934 §10(b)  • SEC Rule 10b-5  • fraud-on-the-market theory  • materiality  • class certification Kennedy; Scalia (in part)
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Ginsburg
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Alito
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Scalia
1-05


Millbrook v. United States 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Federal Tort Claims Act  • waiver of sovereign immunity for intentional torts by law enforcement Unanimous
1-06


Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Fair Labor Standards Act  • collective action  • offer of judgment  • mootness Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Kagan
4-07


Missouri v. McNeely 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Fourth Amendment  • exigent circumstances  • drunk driving  • government-compelled blood alcohol test
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Sotomayor
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Kennedy
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Roberts
4-08


Moncrieffe v. Holder 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Immigration and Nationality Act  • ineligibility for discretionary relief due to aggravated felony
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Sotomayor
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Alito
2-09


McBurney v. Young 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Virginia Freedom of Information Act  • Privileges and Immunities Clause  • Dormant Commerce Clause
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Alito
1-10


PPL Corp. v. Commissioner 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

UK Windfall Tax  • foreign tax credit Unanimous
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Sotomayor
2-11


Hillman v. Maretta 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Act  • designation of beneficiary  • federal preemption
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Sotomayor
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Alito
1-12


Horne v. Department of Agriculture 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937  • Takings Clause Unanimous
4-13


Peugh v. United States 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Federal Sentencing Guidelines  • Ex Post Facto Clause Roberts, Scalia, Alito (in part)
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Sotomayor
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Alito
1-14


Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

patent law  • gene patents  • DNA extraction  • BRCA mutation Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan; Scalia (in part)
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Scalia
2-15


American Trucking Assns., Inc. v. Los Angeles 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994
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Kagan
4-16


Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Ariz., Inc. 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

National Voter Registration Act of 1993  • Elections Clause  • Arizona Proposition 200 (2004)
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Scalia
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Kennedy
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Alito
1-17


Alleyne v. United States 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Sixth Amendment  • right to a jury trial  • mandatory minimum sentencing  • judicial factfinding Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan; Breyer (in part)
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Breyer
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Sotomayor
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Roberts
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Alito
2-18


Salinas v. Texas 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Fifth Amendment  • self-incrimination Scalia
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Alito
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Breyer
2-19


American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Federal Arbitration Act  • Sherman Antitrust Act  • class action
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Scalia
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Kagan
2-20


Descamps v. United States 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Armed Career Criminal Act
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Kagan
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Kennedy
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Alito
2-21


Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

affirmative action  • race as factor in college admissions  • Fourteenth Amendment  • Equal Protection Clause
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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Ginsburg
4-22


United States v. Kebodeaux 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act  • Necessary and Proper Clause Scalia (in part)
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Breyer
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Roberts
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Alito
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Scalia
2-23


Vance v. Ball State Univ. 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Title VII  • vicarious liability of supervisors
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Alito
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Ginsburg
2-24


Shelby County v. Holder 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Voting Rights Act of 1965  • coverage formula  • preclearance  • Fifteenth Amendment
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Roberts
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Ginsburg
2-25


Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Indian Child Welfare Act  • termination of parental rights
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Alito
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Breyer
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Scalia
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Sotomayor
4-26


Lanus v. United States 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Federal Tort Claims Act  • exclusion of lawsuits by military personnel
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari, in a case asking the Court to revisit its decision in Feres v. United States, 340 U.S. 135 (1950) that the FTCA did not allow military personnel to sue the government for the negligence of federal employees. Thomas argued that Feres should be overturned because the text of the FTCA provided no basis for such an exception.

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