2007 term per curiam opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The Supreme Court of the United States handed down six per curiam opinions during its 2007 term, which began on October 1, 2007 and concluded September 30, 2008.[1]

Because per curiam decisions are issued from the Court as an institution, these opinions all lack the attribution of authorship or joining votes to specific justices. All justices on the Court at the time the decision was handed down are assumed to have participated and concurred unless otherwise noted.

Court membership[edit]

Chief Justice: John Roberts

Associate Justices: John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito

Allen v. Siebert[edit]

552 U.S. 3

Decided November 5, 2007

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded. The Court held that because Siebert’s petition for state postconviction relief was rejected as untimely by the Alabama courts, it was not “properly filed” under §2244(d)(2). Accordingly, he was not entitled to tolling of AEDPA’s 1-year statute of limitations. Stevens filed a dissent, which Ginsburg joined.

Full case name: Richard F. Allen, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Corrections v. Daniel Siebert
Citations: 552 U.S. 3
Prior history:
Full text of the Court's decision (.pdf)

Arave v. Hoffman[edit]

552 U.S. 117

Decided January 7, 2008

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded.

Full case name: Avron J. Arave, Warden v. Maxwell Hoffman
Citations: 552 U.S. 117
Prior history:
Full text of the Court's decision (.pdf)

Wright v. Van Patten[edit]

552 U.S. 120

Decided January 7, 2008

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded.

Stevens filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.

Full case name: Randall Wright, Sheriff, Shawano County, Wisconsin v. Joseph L. Van Patten
Citations: 552 U.S. 120
Prior history:
Full text of the Court's decision (.pdf)

Medellín v. Texas[edit]

554 U.S. 759

Decided August 5, 2008

The Court denied the petitioner's application for stay of execution of sentence of death, and his petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer each filed dissents.

Full case name: Jose Ernesto Medellin v. Texas
Citations: 554 U.S. 759
Prior history: Medellín v. State, No. 71,997 (Tex. Crim. App., May 16, 1997); petition denied, S.D. Tex.; certificate of appealability denied, 371 F.3d 270 (5th Cir. 2004); cert. granted, 543 U.S. 1032 (2005); cert. dismissed, 544 U.S. 660 (2005) (per curiam) (Medellín I); Ex parte Medellín, 223 S.W. 3d 315 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006); cert. granted Ex parte Medellín, 550 U.S. 917 (2007); aff'd, 552 U.S. 491 (2008) (Medellín II)
Full text of the Court's decision (.pdf)


  1. ^ Descriptions of two decisions have been omitted. Both Board of Ed. of City School Dist. of New York v. Tom F., 552 U.S. 1 (2007), and Warner-Lambert Co. v. Kent, 552 U.S. 440 (2007), merely noted that the lower court's judgment was affirmed by an equally divided Court.