2012 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Sonia Sotomayor

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The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor 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 fourth term of Sotomayor's tenure on the Court. Sonia Sotomayor in SCOTUS robe.jpg
Sonia Sotomayor 2012 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
3
Concurrence
3
Other
7
Dissent
0
Concurrence/dissent Total = 21
Bench opinions = 17 Opinions relating to orders = 3 In-chambers opinions = 1
Unanimous opinions: 2 Most joined by: Ginsburg (13) Least joined by: Thomas (2 in full, 1 in part)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
5-01


Haynes v. Thaler • [full text] 568 U.S. ___ (2012)

ineffective assistance of counsel  • procedural default Ginsburg
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Sotomayor filed a statement respecting the Court's granting of a stay of execution.
4-02


Hodge v. Kentucky • [full text] 568 U.S. ___ (2012)

death penalty  • ineffective assistance of counsel  • mitigating factors
Sotomayor dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari in a death penalty case. The defendant's attorney had failed to investigate or present any mitigating factors at sentencing, despite the defendant's history of severe physical and emotional abuse as a child. The state supreme court decided that failure to present this mitigation evidence was not prejudicial because it would not have "explained" the defendant's violent murder, which Sotomayor wrote was the wrong standard.
5-03


Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius • [full text] 568 U.S. ___ (2012)

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  • contraceptive mandate  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Sotomayor denied an application for an injunction pending appellate review.
4-04


Lozman v. Riviera Beach 568 U.S. ___ (2013)

Kennedy
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Breyer
2-05


Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center 568 U.S. ___ (2013)

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Ginsburg
1-06


FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc. 568 U.S. ___ (2013)

antitrust law  • state-action immunity defense Unanimous
1-07


Evans v. Michigan 568 U.S. ___ (2013)

Fifth Amendment  • Double Jeopardy Clause  • legal error in court-directed acquittal
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4-08


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

ineffective assistance of counsel  • retroactivity of new rules of criminal procedure Ginsburg
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Kagan
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Thomas
5-09


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

Breyer
Sotomayor filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari.
4-10


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 Kagan
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Thomas
1-11


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

Fourth Amendment  • exigent circumstances  • drunk driving  • government-compelled blood alcohol test Scalia, Ginsburg, Kagan; Kennedy (in part)
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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Thomas
1-12


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

Immigration and Nationality Act  • ineligibility for discretionary relief due to aggravated felony Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan
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Thomas
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Alito
4-13


Boyer v. Louisiana 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Speedy Trial Clause  • indigent right to counsel Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan
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per curiam
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Alito
Sotomayor dissented from the Court's dismissal of certiorari as improvidently granted.
2-14


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

UK Windfall Tax  • foreign tax credit
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Thomas
1-15


Sebelius v. Cloer 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986  • statute of limitations  • award of attorney's fees Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Kagan; Scalia, Thomas (in part)
1-16


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

Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Act  • designation of beneficiary  • federal preemption Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan; Scalia (in part)
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Thomas
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Alito
1-17


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

Federal Sentencing Guidelines  • Ex Post Facto Clause Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan; Kennedy (in part)
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Thomas
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Alito
1-18


Tarrant Regional Water Dist. v. Herrmann 569 U.S. ___ (2013)

Red River Compact  • riparian water rights  • Dormant Commerce Clause Unanimous
2-14


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

Sixth Amendment  • right to a jury trial  • mandatory minimum sentencing  • judicial factfinding Ginsburg, Kagan
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Thomas
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Breyer
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Roberts
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Alito
4-15


Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett 570 U.S. ___ (2013)

Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act  • federal preemption  • product liability Ginsburg
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Alito
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Breyer
4-16


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

Indian Child Welfare Act  • termination of parental rights Ginsburg, Kagan; Scalia (in part)
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Alito
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Thomas
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Breyer
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Scalia

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