2003 term United States Supreme Court opinions of William Rehnquist

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The table below lists all opinions filed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist 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 thirty-second term of Rehnquist’s tenure on the Court, and his eighteenth as Chief Justice. William Rehnquist.jpg
William Rehnquist 2003 term statistics
Majority or Plurality
Concurrence/dissent Total = 16
Bench opinions = 14 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 1
Unanimous decisions: 2 Most joined by: O'Connor (11) Least joined by: Stevens (5)
Case Issue Joined by

Virginia v. Maryland
540 U.S. 56 (2003)
O'Connor, Scalia, Souter, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer
Stevens and Kennedy filed dissents.

McConnell v. Federal Election Commission
540 U.S. (2003)
Campaign finance reform O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter; Stevens, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer (in part)
Rehnquist filed one of three opinions for the Court.

McConnell v. Federal Election Commission
540 U.S. (2003)
Campaign finance reform Scalia, Kennedy
Rehnquist also filed one of two opinions dissenting in part.

Maryland v. Pringle
540 U.S. 366 (2003)

Locke v. Davey
540 U.S. 712 (2004)
Establishment Clause: public funding Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
Rehnquist wrote for a 7-2 majority that upheld a state scholarship program that excluded only theology students from consideration. Scalia and Thomas filed dissents.

Crawford v. Washington
541 U.S. 36 (2004)
Confrontation Clause: hearsay O'Connor

United States v. Flores-Montano
541 U.S. 149 (2004)

BedRoc Ltd., LLC v. United States
541 U.S. 176 (2004)
O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy
Stevens filed a dissent.

Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. v. Hood
541 U.S. 440 (2004)
Bankruptcy; state sovereignty Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
Thomas filed a dissent.

Tennessee v. Lane
541 U.S. 509 (2004)
State sovereignty; Americans with Disabilities Act Kennedy, Thomas
Rehnquist filed one of two dissents from Stevens' 5-4 decision.

Thornton v. United States
541 U.S. 615 (2004)
Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer; O'Connor (in part)

Colorado General Assembly v. Salazar
541 U.S. 1093 (2004)
Electoral redistricting Scalia, Thomas
Rehnquist dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari, arguing that the Court should review the Colorado Supreme Court's interpretation of the Federal Elections Clause in the U.S. Constitution that it was up to each state to decide for itself what "Legislature" meant in the context of what branch of government was empowered to redraw legislative districts.

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow
542 U.S. 1 (2004)
Article III standing; Establishment Clause O'Connor; Thomas (in part)

Tennard v. Dretke
542 U.S. 274 (2004)
Rehnquist filed one of three dissents from O'Connor's 6-3 decision.

Rumsfeld v. Padilla
542 U.S. 426 (2004)
O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
Stevens filed a dissent.

Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. v. Federal Election Commission
542 U.S. 1305 (2004)
Campaign finance reform
Rehnquist denied a request for an injunction pending appeal.