2008 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

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The 2008 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 6, 2008 and concluded October 4, 2009. This was the eighteenth term of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas's tenure on the Court. Clarence Thomas official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Clarence Thomas 2008 term statistics
9
Majority or Plurality
7
Concurrence
0
Other
4
Dissent
3
Concurrence/dissent Total = 23
Bench opinions = 21 Opinions relating to orders = 2 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 3 Most joined by: Scalia (10 in full, 2 in part) Least joined by: Souter, Ginsburg (4 in full, 1 in part)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
4-01



Altria Group, Inc. v. Good 555 U.S. 70 (2008)

tobacco litigation  • unfair trade practices  • Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act  • federal preemption Roberts, Scalia, Alito
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Stevens
1-02



Jimenez v. Quarterman 555 U.S. 113 (2009)

habeas corpus  • Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996  • finality of conviction pending out-of-time appeal Unanimous
1-03



Waddington v. Sarausad 555 U.S. 179 (2009)

habeas corpus  • Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996  • accomplice liability Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Breyer, Alito
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Souter
1-04



Carcieri v. Salazar 555 U.S. 379 (2009)

Indian Reorganization Act  • legal status of Narragansett Tribe  • authority of Secretary of the Interior to take land in trust Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Breyer
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Souter
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Stevens
4-05



Negusie v. Holder 555 U.S. 511 (2009)

immigration law  • Refugee Act of 1980  • persecutor bar for refugee applicants
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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Stevens
2-06



Wyeth v. Levine 555 U.S. 555 (2009)

Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act  • FDA-approved pharmaceutical labeling  • federal preemption  • failure-to-warn of risks
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Stevens
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Breyer
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Alito
2-07



Walker v. Georgia 555 U.S. 979 (2008)

Eighth Amendment  • death penalty  • proportionality review
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Stevens
Thomas concurred in the Court's denial of certiorari.
2-08



Bartlett v. Strickland 556 U.S. 1 (2009)

Voting Rights Act of 1965  • legislative redistricting  • vote dilution Scalia
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Kennedy
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Souter
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Ginsburg
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Breyer
1-09



Knowles v. Mirzayance 556 U.S. 111 (2009)

Sixth Amendment  • ineffective assistance of counsel  • withdrawal of not guilty by reason of insanity plea Roberts, Stevens, Kennedy, Breyer, Alito; Scalia, Souter, Ginsburg (in part)
2-10



Harbison v. Bell 556 U.S. 180 (2009)

federally appointed counsel in state clemency proceedings  • certificate of appealability
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Stevens
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Roberts
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Scalia
1-11



14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett 556 U.S. 247 (2009)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967  • arbitration clause in collective bargaining agreement Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Stevens
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Souter
4-12



Cone v. Bell 556 U.S. 449 (2009)

Fourteenth Amendment  • Due Process Clause  • state suppression of mitigating evidence  • adequate and independent state ground Scalia
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Stevens
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Roberts
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Alito
2-13



FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. 556 U.S. 502 (2009)

Public Telecommunications Act of 1992  • indecency ban on broadcast television  • fleeting expletives
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Scalia
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Kennedy
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Stevens
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Ginsburg
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Breyer
1-14



Carlsbad Technology, Inc. v. HIF Bio, Inc. 556 U.S. 635 (2009)

appeal after removal to state court  • supplemental jurisdiction Unanimous
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Stevens
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Scalia
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Breyer
4-15



Haywood v. Drown 556 U.S. 729 (2009)

Section 1983  • state limitation of liability against corrections officers  • Supremacy Clause Roberts, Scalia, Alito (in part)
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Stevens
1-16



United States ex rel. Eisenstein v. City of New York 556 U.S. 928 (2009)

False Claims Act  • qui tam  • Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure  • status of United States when not intervening  • timeliness of appeal Unanimous
2-17



Thompson v. McNeil 556 U.S. 1114 (2009)

Eighth Amendment  • death penalty  • substantial delay
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Stevens
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Breyer
Thomas concurred in the Court's denial of certiorari.
1-18



Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc. 557 U.S. 167 (2009)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967  • disparate treatment claim  • but-for causation  • burden of persuasion Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Stevens
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Breyer
3-19



Northwest Austin Municipal Util. Dist. No. One v. Holder 557 U.S. 193 (2009)

Voting Rights Act of 1965  • preclearance  • eligibility of utility district for bailout provision
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Roberts
2-20



Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts 557 U.S. 305 (2009)

Sixth Amendment  • Confrontation Clause  • forensic analyst affidavits
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Scalia
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Kennedy
3-21



Safford Unified School Dist. #1 v. Redding 557 U.S. 364 (2009)

Fourth Amendment  • strip search of public school student for contraband
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Souter
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Stevens
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Ginsburg
1-22



Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend 557 U.S. 404 (2009)

maritime law  • Jones Act  • punitive damages Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Alito
3-23



Cuomo v. Clearing House Assn., L. L. C. 557 U.S. 519 (2009)

National Banking Act  • fair-lending laws  • federal preemption Roberts, Kennedy, Alito
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Scalia

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