2002 term opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The 2002 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 7, 2002 and concluded October 5, 2003. The table illustrates which opinion was filed by each justice in each case and which justices joined each opinion.[1]

Table key[edit]


Delivered the Court's opinion

Joined the Court's opinion

Filed a concurrence

Joined a concurrence

Filed a dissent

Joined a dissent

Filed a concurrence/dissent

Joined a concurrence/dissent

Did not participate in the decision
  • Decisions that do not note an argument date were decided without oral argument. Decisions that do not note a Justice delivering the Court's opinion are per curiam.
  • Multiple concurrences and dissents within a case are numbered, with joining votes numbered accordingly. Justices frequently join multiple opinions in a single case; each vote is subdivided accordingly.
  • An asterisk ( * ) in the Court's opinion denotes that it was only a majority in part or a plurality. An asterisk in a joining vote denotes that the justice joined it only in part.
  • A dash ( - ) denotes that the Justice concurred or dissented without filing a separate opinion.

2002 term opinions[edit]

# Case name and citation Argued Decided Rehnquist Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer

1 Ford Motor Co. v. McCauley,[2] 537 U.S. 1 October 7, 2002 October 15, 2002
2 Early v. Packer, 537 U.S. 3 November 4, 2002
3 INS v. Ventura, 537 U.S. 12 November 4, 2002
4 Woodford v. Visciotti, 537 U.S. 19 November 4, 2002
5 Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. v. Henson, 537 U.S. 28 October 15, 2002 November 5, 2002
6 Yellow Transportation, Inc. v. Michigan, 537 U.S. 36 October 7, 2002 November 5, 2002
7 Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine, 537 U.S. 51 October 15, 2002 December 3, 2002
8 United States v. Bean, 537 U.S. 71 October 16, 2002 December 10, 2002
9 Howsam v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 537 U.S. 79 October 9, 2002 December 10, 2002
10 Abdur'Rahman v. Bell,[3] 537 U.S. 88 November 6, 2002 December 10, 2002
11 Borden Ranch Partnership v. Army Corps of Engineers,[4] 537 U.S. 99 December 16, 2002
12 Sattazahn v. Pennsylvania, 537 U.S. 101 November 4, 2002 January 14, 2003
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*
*
13 Pierce County v. Guillen, 537 U.S. 129 November 4, 2002 January 14, 2003
14 Barnhart v. Peabody Coal Co., 537 U.S. 149 October 8, 2002 January 15, 2003
1
1
1 2
15 Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 October 9, 2002 January 15, 2003
1
2
16 United States v. Jimenez Recio, 537 U.S. 270 November 12, 2002 January 21, 2003
17 Meyer v. Holley, 537 U.S. 280 December 3, 2002 January 22, 2003
18 FCC v. NextWave Personal Communications, Inc., 537 U.S. 293 October 8, 2002 January 27, 2003
*
19 Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322 October 16, 2002 February 25, 2003
20 Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Servs. v. Guardianship Estate of Keffeler, 537 U.S. 371 December 3, 2002 February 25, 2003
21 Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc., 537 U.S. 393 December 4, 2002 February 26, 2003
22 Moseley v. V Secret Catalogue, Inc., 537 U.S. 418 November 12, 2002 March 4, 2003
*
23 Boeing Co. v. United States, 537 U.S. 437 December 9, 2002 March 4, 2003
24 United States v. White Mountain Apache Tribe, 537 U.S. 465 December 2, 2002 March 4, 2003
25 United States v. Navajo Nation, 537 U.S. 488 December 2, 2002 March 4, 2003
26 Clay v. United States, 537 U.S. 522 January 13, 2003 March 4, 2003
27 Connecticut Dept. of Public Safety v. Doe, 538 U.S. 1 November 13, 2002 March 5, 2003
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2
3
3
28 Ewing v. California, 538 U.S. 11 November 5, 2002 March 5, 2003
1 2
*
1
1 2
2
1 2
1 2
29 Lockyer v. Andrade, 538 U.S. 63 November 5, 2002 March 5, 2003
30 Smith v. Doe, 538 U.S. 84 November 13, 2002 March 5, 2003
1
1
2
2
2
31 Cook County v. United States ex rel Chandler, 538 U.S. 119 January 14, 2003 March 10, 2003
32 Norfolk & Western R. Co. v. Ayers, 538 U.S. 135 November 6, 2002 March 10, 2003
* 1
* 1
* 1
* 1 2
33 Cuyahoga Falls v. Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, 538 U.S. 188 January 21, 2003 March 25, 2003
34 Woodford v. Garceau, 538 U.S. 202 January 21, 2003 March 25, 2003
35 Brown v. Legal Foundation of Washington, 538 U.S. 216 December 9, 2002 March 26, 2003
1
1
1 2
1
36 Branch v. Smith, 538 U.S. 254 December 10, 2002 March 31, 2003
* 1 2*
*
*
2
* 1 2*
* *
* 1 2*
37 Archer v. Warner, 538 U.S. 314 January 13, 2003 March 31, 2003
38 Kentucky Assn. of Health Plans, Inc. v. Miller, 538 U.S. 329 January 14, 2003 April 2, 2003
39 Virginia v. Black, 538 U.S. 343 December 11, 2002 April 7, 2003
*
* 1
2
2
1*
2
40 PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. v. Book, 538 U.S. 401 February 24, 2003 April 7, 2003
41 State Farm Mut. Automobile Ins. Co. v. Campbell, 538 U.S. 408 December 11, 2002 April 7, 2003
1
2
3
42 Clackamas Gastroenterology Associates, P.C. v. Wells, 538 U.S. 440 February 25, 2003 April 22, 2003
43 Jinks v. Richland County, 538 U.S. 456 March 5, 2003 April 22, 2003
44 Dole Food Co. v. Patrickson, 538 U.S. 468 January 22, 2003 April 22, 2003
* *
*
45 Franchise Tax Bd. of Cal. v. Hyatt, 538 U.S. 488 February 24, 2003 April 23, 2003
46 Massaro v. United States, 538 U.S. 500 February 25, 2003 April 23, 2003
47 Demore v. Kim, 538 U.S. 510 January 15, 2003 April 29, 2003
* 1
* 1
* 1
2
* 1
* 1
* 1
* 2
48 Roell v. Withrow, 538 U.S. 580 February 26, 2003 April 29, 2003
49 Illinois ex rel. Madigan v. Telemarketing Assoc., Inc., 538 U.S. 600 March 3, 2003 May 5, 2003
50 Kaupp v. Texas, 538 U.S. 626 May 5, 2003
51 Price v. Vincent, 538 U.S. 634 April 21, 2003 May 19, 2003
52 Pharmaceutical Research and Mfrs. of America v. Walsh, 538 U.S. 644 January 22, 2003 May 19, 2003
* *
*
*
1
* *
2
* 3
53 Breuer v. Jim's Concrete of Brevard, Inc., 538 U.S. 691 April 2, 2003 May 19, 2003
54 Inyo County v. Pauite-Shoshone Indians of Bishop Community of Bishop Colony, 538 U.S. 701 March 31, 2003 May 19, 2003
55 Los Angeles v. David, 538 U.S. 715 May 19, 2003
56 Nevada Dept. of Human Resources v. Hibbs, 538 U.S. 721 January 15, 2003 May 27, 2003
1
1 2
2
2
2
2
2
57 Chavez v. Martinez, 538 U.S. 760 December 4, 2002 May 27, 2003
1
2* 1 2
1*
1*
2* 2
2*
1*
2* 2* 3
2
58 National Park Hospitality Assn. v. Department of Interior, 538 U.S. 803 March 4, 2003 May 27, 2003
59 Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord, 538 U.S. 822 April 28, 2003 May 27, 2003
60 Bunkley v. Florida, 538 U.S. 835 May 27, 2003
61 Beneficial National Bank v. Anderson, 539 U.S. 1 April 30, 2003 June 2, 2003
62 Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 539 U.S. 23 April 2, 2003 June 2, 2003
63 Entergy La., Inc. v. Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm'n, 539 U.S. 39 April 2, 2003 June 2, 2003
64 Citizens Bank v. Alafabco, Inc., 539 U.S. 52 June 2, 2003
65 Hillside Dairy, Inc. v. Lyons, 539 U.S. 59 April 22, 2003 June 9, 2003
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66 Nguyen v. United States, 539 U.S. 69 March 24, 2003 June 9, 2003
67 Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa, 539 U.S. 90 April 23, 2003 June 9, 2003
68 Fitzgerald v. Racing Association of Central Iowa, 539 U.S. 103 April 29, 2003 June 9, 2003
69 Dow Chemical Co. v. Stephenson,[5] 539 U.S. 111 February 26, 2003 June 9, 2003
70 Virginia v. Hicks, 539 U.S. 113 April 30, 2003 June 16, 2003
71 Overton v. Bazzetta, 539 U.S. 126 March 26, 2003 June 16, 2003
1
2
1
2
1
1
72 Federal Election Commission v. Beaumont, 539 U.S. 146 March 25, 2003 June 16, 2003
73 Sell v. United States, 539 U.S. 166 March 3, 2003 June 16, 2003
74 United States v. American Library Association, Inc., 539 U.S. 194 March 5, 2003 June 23, 2003
*
1
1
2
2
2
75 Gratz v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 244 April 1, 2003 June 23, 2003
1
1
1 2 3
2
2* 3
1* 3 3*
76 Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 April 1, 2003 June 23, 2003
1
* 1 2* 1
1 2
* 1 2 1
77 American Insurance Association v. Garamendi, 539 U.S. 296 April 23, 2003 June 23, 2003
78 Green Tree Financial Corp. v. Bazzle, 539 U.S. 444 April 22, 2003 June 23, 2003
1
1
1
2
*
79 Georgia v. Ashcroft, 539 U.S. 461 April 29, 2003 June 26, 2003
1
2
80 Wiggins v. Smith, 539 U.S. 510 March 24, 2003 June 26, 2003
81 Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 March 26, 2003 June 26, 2003
1
1
1 2
82 Stogner v. California, 539 U.S. 607 March 31, 2003 June 26, 2003
83 Nike, Inc. v. Kasky, 539 U.S. 654 April 23, 2003 June 26, 2003
2
1
*
2
# Case name and citation Argued Decided Rehnquist Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer

2002 term membership and statistics[edit]

This was the seventeenth term of Chief Justice Rehnquist's tenure, and the ninth consecutive term in which the Court's membership had not changed.

Justice Appointment history Agreement with judgment Opinions filed
Seniority Name President Date confirmed  % # Total
Chief Justice Rehnquist, WilliamWilliam Rehnquist Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon[6] January 7, 1972 88% 73/83 8 0 0 4 12
Associate Justice Stevens, John PaulJohn Paul Stevens Ford, GeraldGerald Ford December 19, 1975 78% 64/82 9 11 3 7 30
Associate Justice O'Connor, Sandra DaySandra Day O'Connor Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan September 25, 1981 87.8% 72/82 9 6 2 0 17
Associate Justice Scalia, AntoninAntonin Scalia Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan September 26, 1986 79.5% 66/83 8 7 2 8 25
Associate Justice Kennedy, AnthonyAnthony Kennedy Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan February 18, 1988 84.1% 69/82 7 6 2 5 20
Associate Justice Souter, DavidDavid Souter Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush October 9, 1990 88% 73/83 9 5 2 6 22
Associate Justice Thomas, ClarenceClarence Thomas Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush October 23, 1991 73.2% 60/82 7 7 2 11 27
Associate Justice Ginsburg, Ruth BaderRuth Bader Ginsburg Clinton, BillBill Clinton August 10, 1993 81.9% 68/83 7 3 1 6 17
Associate Justice Breyer, StephenStephen Breyer Clinton, BillBill Clinton August 3, 1994 80.5% 66/82 8 3 3 5 19
Totals
72 48 17 52 189


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ One decree the Court included in its list of bench opinions for the term has been omitted: Kansas v. Nebraska, 538 U.S. 720 (2003), a per curiam decree approving the parties' settlement.
  2. ^ The Court in Ford Motor Co. dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.
  3. ^ The Court in Abdur'Rahman dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.
  4. ^ The Court in Borden Ranch stated only that the lower court's judgment was affirmed by an equally divided Court.
  5. ^ Dow Chemical summarily vacated and remanded the lower court in part for further consideration in light of Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. v. Henson, 537 U.S. 28 (2002); the decision noted that the judgment was otherwise affirmed by an equally divided Court.
  6. ^ Rehnquist was initially appointed by Nixon to the Court as an Associate Justice. He was subsequently appointed to serve as Chief Justice by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed in that position September 26, 1986.

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