2003 term United States Supreme Court opinions of David Souter

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The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice David Souter during the 2003 term of the Supreme Court of the United States, which lasted from October 6, 2003 until October 3, 2004. This was the fourteenth term of Souter’s tenure on the Court. DavidSouter.jpg
David Souter 2003 term statistics
Majority or Plurality
Concurrence/dissent Total = 18
Bench opinions = 18 Opinions relating to orders = 0 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous decisions: 2 Most joined by: Ginsburg (14) Least joined by: Scalia, Thomas (5)
Case Issue Joined by

United States v. Banks
540 U.S. 31 (2003)

General Dynamics Land System v. Cline
540 U.S. 581 (2004)
Rehnquist, Stevens, O'Connor, Ginsburg, Breyer
Scalia and Thomas filed dissents.

Doe v. Chao
540 U.S. 614 (2004)
Rehnquist, O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
Ginsburg and Breyer filed dissents.

Nixon v. Missouri Municipal League
541 U.S. 125 (2004)
Rehnquist, O'Connor, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer
Stevens filed a dissent.

United States v. Lara
541 U.S. 193 (2004)

Engine Mfrs. Ass'n v. S. Coast Air Quality Mgmt. Dist.
541 U.S. 246 (2004)
Souter was the sole dissenter from Scalia's opinion.

Vieth v. Jubelirer
541 U.S. 267 (2004)
Souter filed one of three dissents.

Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. v. Hood
541 U.S. 440 (2004)
Bankruptcy; state sovereign immunity Ginsburg

Tennessee v. Lane
541 U.S. 509 (2004)
Americans with Disabilities Act; state sovereign immunity Ginsburg

Sabri v. United States
541 U.S. 600 (2004)
Rehnquist, Stevens, O'Connor, Ginsburg, Breyer; Scalia, Kennedy (in part)

Central Laborers' Pension Fund v. Heinz
541 U.S. 739 (2004)

City of Littleton v. Z. J. Gifts D-4, L.L.C.
541 U.S. 774 (2004)

United States v. Dominguez Benitez
542 U.S. 74 (2004)
Criminal procedure Rehnquist, Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer
Souter's opinion for the Court held that a defendant attempting to reverse his conviction due to a Fed. R. Crim. P. 11 violation must show a reasonable probability that, but for the trial court's error in failing to advise him his guilty plea could not be withdrawn, he would not have entered the plea. Justice Antonin Scalia concurred in the judgment but disagreed with Souter's standard.

Beard v. Banks
542 U.S. 406 (2004)
Souter filed one of two dissents from Thomas' 5-4 decision.

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld
542 U.S. 507 (2004)
Due process; habeas corpus Ginsburg

Missouri v. Seibert
542 U.S. 600 (2004)
Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer

United States v. Patane
542 U.S. 630 (2004)
Stevens, Ginsburg

Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain
542 U.S. 692 (2004)
Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy; Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer (in part)