2005 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

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The 2005 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 3, 2005 and concluded October 1, 2006. This was the fifteenth term of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas's tenure on the Court. Clarence Thomas official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Clarence Thomas 2005 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
2
Concurrence
0
Other
8
Dissent
2
Concurrence/dissent Total = 20
Bench opinions = 19 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 3 Most joined by: Scalia (13) Least joined by: O'Connor (2)[1]
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
1-01



Wagnon v. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation 546 U.S. 95 (2005)

Roberts, Stevens, O'Connor, Scalia, Souter, Breyer
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Ginsburg
4-02



Gonzales v. Oregon 546 U.S. 243 (2006)

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Kennedy
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Scalia
4-03



Central Virginia Community College v. Katz 546 U.S. 356 (2006)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy
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Stevens
1-04



Unitherm Food Systems, Inc. v. Swift-Eckrich, Inc. 546 U.S. 394 (2006)

Roberts, O'Connor, Scalia, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Stevens
Alito did not participate.
4-05



Buckeye Check Cashing, Inc. v. Cardegna 546 U.S. 440 (2006)

Whether illegality of contract under state law precludes arbitration clause
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Thomas reiterated his belief that the Federal Arbitration Act does not preclude state law.
4-06



Dolan v. United States Postal Service 546 U.S. 481 (2006)

Statutory immunity of USPS from suit
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Kennedy
1-07



Texaco, Inc. v. Dagher 547 U.S. 1 (2006)

antitrust  • applicability to joint ventures Unanimous
4-08



Georgia v. Randolph 547 U.S. 103 (2006)

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Stevens
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Breyer
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Roberts
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Scalia
1-09



Northern Ins. Co. of N.Y. v. Chatham County 547 U.S. 189 (2006)

U.S. Const. amend. XI  • Sovereign immunity of counties Unanimous
4-10



Jones v. Flowers 547 U.S. 220 (2006)

Due process  • U.S. Const. amend. XIV  • notice requirements to property owner prior to tax sale Scalia, Kennedy
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Roberts
1-11



eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C. 547 U.S. 388 (2006)

patent law Unanimous
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Roberts
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Kennedy
3-12



Anza v. Ideal Steel Supply Corp. 547 U.S. 451 (2006)

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Scalia
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Breyer
Thomas also joined the majority in part.
3-13



Davis v. Washington 547 U.S. 813 (2006)

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Scalia
1-14



Samson v. California 547 U.S. 843 (2006)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito
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Stevens
4-15



Rangel-Reyes v. United States 547 U.S. 1200 (2006)

Rights of the accused  • U.S. Const. amend. VI  • right to a jury trial
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Thomas dissented from the denial of certiorari, which he thought should be granted so the Court could rule that the fact of a prior conviction, when an element of a crime, should be decided by a jury. Thomas believed this exception to the Apprendi rule was not found within the Constitution itself, but only derived from prior precedent that a majority of the Court no longer supported. "The Court’s duty to resolve this matter is particularly compelling, because we are the only court authorized to do so. And until we do so, countless criminal defendants will be denied the full protection afforded by the Fifth and Sixth Amendments, notwithstanding the agreement of a majority of the Court that this result is unconstitutional. There is no good reason to allow such a state of affairs to persist."
1-16



Kansas v. Marsh 548 U.S. 163 (2006)

death penalty Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Scalia
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Stevens
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Souter
1-17



Washington v. Recuenco 548 U.S. 212 (2006)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Breyer, Alito
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Kennedy
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Stevens
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Ginsburg
2-18



Randall v. Sorrell 548 U.S. 230 (2006)

Scalia
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Breyer
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Kennedy
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Alito
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Stevens
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Souter
2-19



Beard v. Banks 548 U.S. 521 (2006)

Scalia
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Stevens
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Ginsburg
4-20



Hamdan v. Rumsfeld 548 U.S. 557 (2006)

Habeas corpus  • presidential authority to try prisoners in military commissions Scalia; Alito (in part)
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Stevens
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Kennedy
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Breyer
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Scalia
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Alito

Notes

  1. ^ Justice O'Connor retired January 31, 2006. Of the justices who participated the entire term, Justice Stevens joined the fewest of Thomas's opinions, with four.

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