2003 term opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The 2003 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 6, 2003 and concluded October 3, 2004. The table illustrates which opinion was filed by each justice in each case and which justices joined each opinion.

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.

2003 term opinions[edit]

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

1

Yarborough v. Gentry, 540 U.S. 1 October 20, 2003
2

Mitchell v. Esparza, 540 U.S. 12 November 3, 2003
3

Barnhart v. Thomas, 540 U.S. 20 October 13, 2003 November 12, 2003
4

United States v. Banks, 540 U.S. 31 October 15, 2003 December 2, 2003
5

Raytheon Co. v. Hernandez, 540 U.S. 44 October 8, 2003 December 2, 2003
6

Virginia v. Maryland, 540 U.S. 56 October 7, 2003 December 9, 2003
1 2
1 2
7

McConnell v. Federal Election Commission,[1] 540 U.S. 93 September 8, 2003 December 10, 2003
2 2 1
1 2* 3 2
1 2 3
2 1 2* 3* 1
2 2 1
1 2 3
2* 2* 3
1 2* 3 2
1 2* 3 2
8

Maryland v. Pringle, 540 U.S. 366 November 3, 2003 December 15, 2003
9

Castro v. United States, 540 U.S. 375 October 15, 2003 December 15, 2003
*
*
10

SEC v. Edwards, 540 U.S. 389 November 4, 2003 January 13, 2004
11

Verizon Comm., Inc. v. Law Offices of Curtis V. Trinko, LLP, 540 U.S. 398 October 14, 2003 January 13, 2004
12

Illinois v. Lidster, 540 U.S. 419 November 5, 2003 January 13, 2004
*
*
*
13

Frew v. Hawkins, 540 U.S. 431 October 7, 2003 January 14, 2004
14

Kontrick v. Ryan, 540 U.S. 443 November 3, 2003 January 14, 2004
15

Alaska Dep't of Envtl. Conservation v. EPA, 540 U.S. 461 October 8, 2003 January 21, 2004
16

Fellers v. United States, 540 U.S. 519 December 10, 2003 January 26, 2004
17

Lamie v. United States Trustee, 540 U.S. 526 November 10, 2003 January 26, 2004 *
18

Illinois v. Fisher, 540 U.S. 544 February 23, 2004
19

Groh v. Ramirez, 540 U.S. 551 November 4, 2003 February 24, 2004
1 2*
2 1 2
20

General Dynamics Land System v. Cline, 540 U.S. 581 November 12, 2003 February 24, 2004 1 2 2
21

Doe v. Chao, 540 U.S. 614 December 3, 2003 February 24, 2004 1 * 1
1 2
22

Olympic Airways v. Husain, 540 U.S. 644 November 12, 2003 February 24, 2004 *
23

Banks v. Dretke, 540 U.S. 668 December 8, 2003 February 24, 2004
*
*
24

Locke v. Davey, 540 U.S. 712 December 2, 2003 February 25, 2004 1
1 2
25

United States Postal Serv. v. Flamingo Indus. (USA) Ltd., 540 U.S. 736 December 1, 2003 February 25, 2004
26

Muhammad v. Close, 540 U.S. 749 December 1, 2003 February 25, 2004
27

Raymond B. Yates, M.D., P.C. Profit Sharing Plan v. Hendon, 541 U.S. 1 January 13, 2004 March 2, 2004 1 2
28

Baldwin v. Reese, 541 U.S. 27 December 8, 2003 March 2, 2004
29

Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 November 10, 2003 March 8, 2004
30

Iowa v. Tovar, 541 U.S. 77 January 21, 2004 March 8, 2004
31

S. Fla. Water Mgmt. Dist. v. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, 541 U.S. 95 January 14, 2004 March 23, 2004
*
32

United States v. Galletti, 541 U.S. 114 January 12, 2004 March 23, 2004
33

Nixon v. Missouri Municipal League, 541 U.S. 125 January 12, 2004 March 24, 2004
34

United States v. Flores-Montano, 541 U.S. 149 February 25, 2004 March 30, 2004
35

Nat'l Archives & Records Admin. v. Favish, 541 U.S. 157 December 3, 2003 March 30, 2004
36

BedRoc Ltd., LLC v. United States, 541 U.S. 176 January 20, 2004 March 31, 2004 *
37

United States v. Lara, 541 U.S. 193 January 21, 2004 April 19, 2004
1
2 3
38

Household Credit Servs. v. Pfennig, 541 U.S. 232 February 23, 2004 April 21, 2004
39

Engine Mfrs. Ass'n v. S. Coast Air Quality Mgmt. Dist., 541 U.S. 246 January 14, 2004 April 28, 2004
40

Vieth v. Jubelirer, 541 U.S. 267 December 10, 2003 April 28, 2004 1 * 2 2 3
41

Jones v. R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 541 U.S. 369 February 24, 2004 May 3, 2004
42

Dretke v. Haley, 541 U.S. 386 March 2, 2004 May 3, 2004 1
1 2
1
43

Scarborough v. Principi, 541 U.S. 401 February 23, 2004 May 3, 2004
44

Johnson v. California, 541 U.S. 428 March 30, 2004 May 3, 2004
45

Middleton v. McNeil, 541 U.S. 433 May 3, 2004
46

Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. v. Hood, 541 U.S. 440 March 1, 2004 May 17, 2004
47

Till v. SCS Credit Corp., 541 U.S. 465 December 2, 2003 May 17, 2004 *
48

Tennessee v. Lane, 541 U.S. 509 January 13, 2004 May 17, 2004 1 2 1
1 2
1 3
1 2
2
49

Grupo Dataflux v. Atlas Global Group, L.P., 541 U.S. 567 March 3, 2004 May 17, 2004
50

Sabri v. United States, 541 U.S. 600 March 3, 2004 May 17, 2004
* 1
* 1
2
51

Thornton v. United States, 541 U.S. 615 March 31, 2004 May 24, 2004 *
* 1
2 2
52

Nelson v. Campbell, 541 U.S. 637 March 29, 2004 May 24, 2004
53

Yarborough v. Alvarado, 541 U.S. 652 March 1, 2004 June 1, 2004
54

Republic of Austria v. Altmann, 541 U.S. 677 February 25, 2004 June 7, 2004
1
2
2
55

Central Laborers' Pension Fund v. Heinz, 541 U.S. 739 April 19, 2004 June 7, 2004
56

DOT v. Pub. Citizen, 541 U.S. 752 April 21, 2004 June 7, 2004
57

City of Littleton v. Z. J. Gifts D-4, L.L.C., 541 U.S. 774 March 24, 2004 June 7, 2004
* 1
2
* 3
* 3
58

Elk Grove Unified Sch. Dist. v. Newdow, 542 U.S. 1 March 24, 2004 June 14, 2004 1
1 2
1* 3
59

Norton v. S. Utah Wilderness Alliance, 542 U.S. 55 March 29, 2004 June 14, 2004
60

United States v. Dominguez Benitez, 542 U.S. 74 April 21, 2004 June 14, 2004
61

Hibbs v. Winn, 542 U.S. 88 January 20, 2004 June 14, 2004
62

Pennsylvania State Police v. Suders, 542 U.S. 129 March 31, 2004 June 14, 2004
63

F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd v. Empagran S. A., 542 U.S. 155 April 26, 2004 June 14, 2004
64

Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, 542 U.S. 177 March 22, 2004 June 21, 2004 1 2 2 2
65

Aetna Health Inc. v. Davila, 542 U.S. 200 March 23, 2004 June 21, 2004
66

Pliler v. Ford, 542 U.S. 225 April 26, 2004 June 21, 2004 1
2
1 1
1 2
67

Intel Corp. v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., 542 U.S. 241 April 20, 2004 June 21, 2004
68

Tennard v. Dretke, 542 U.S. 274 March 22, 2004 June 24, 2004 1 2 3
69

Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296 March 23, 2004 June 24, 2004 1*
1 3
1* 2
1 2 3
70

Schriro v. Summerlin, 542 U.S. 348 April 19, 2004 June 24, 2004
71

Cheney v. United States District Court, 542 U.S. 367 April 27, 2004 June 24, 2004
*
*
72

Beard v. Banks, 542 U.S. 406 February 24, 2004 June 24, 2004 1
1 2
1 2
1
73

Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426 April 28, 2004 June 28, 2004
74

Rasul v. Bush, 542 U.S. 466 April 20, 2004 June 28, 2004
75

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 507 April 28, 2004 June 28, 2004 1 * 1 2
76

Missouri v. Seibert, 542 U.S. 600 December 9, 2003 June 28, 2004 1 *
2
77

United States v. Patane, 542 U.S. 630 December 9, 2003 June 28, 2004 1 1 * 1 2
78

Holland v. Jackson, 542 U.S. 649 June 28, 2004 - - - -
79

Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union, 542 U.S. 656 March 2, 2004 June 29, 2004 2
2 1
2
80

Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692 March 30, 2004 June 29, 2004
* 1
* 1
* 1
* 2
* 2 3
# Case name and citation Argued Decided Rehnquist Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer

2003 term membership and statistics[edit]

This was the eighteenth term of Chief Justice Rehnquist's tenure, and the tenth 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[2] January 7, 1972 85% 68/80 9 2 0 3 14
Associate Justice Stevens, John PaulJohn Paul Stevens Ford, GeraldGerald Ford December 19, 1975 76.3% 61/80 8 9 1 11 29
Associate Justice O'Connor, Sandra DaySandra Day O'Connor Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan September 25, 1981 93.6% 73/78 8 4 0 2 14
Associate Justice Scalia, AntoninAntonin Scalia Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan September 26, 1986 74.7% 59/79 9 10 2 9 30
Associate Justice Kennedy, AnthonyAnthony Kennedy Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan February 18, 1988 86.3% 69/80 8 7 1 7 23
Associate Justice Souter, DavidDavid Souter Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush October 9, 1990 78.5% 62/79 9 3 1 5 18
Associate Justice Thomas, ClarenceClarence Thomas Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush October 23, 1991 78.8% 63/80 9 6 3 9 27
Associate Justice Ginsburg, Ruth BaderRuth Bader Ginsburg Clinton, BillBill Clinton August 10, 1993 80% 64/80 9 3 0 4 16
Associate Justice Breyer, StephenStephen Breyer Clinton, BillBill Clinton August 3, 1994 80.8% 63/78 7 5 0 10 22
Totals
75 49 8 60 192


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Court in McConnell issued three majority opinions, each dealing with separate issues of the case: one jointly authored by Justices Stevens and O'Connor, one authored by Chief Justice Rehnquist, and one authored by Justice Breyer.
  2. ^ 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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