2008 term United States Supreme Court opinions of John Paul Stevens

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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 thirty-fourth term of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens's tenure on the Court. John Paul Stevens, SCOTUS photo portrait.jpg
John Paul Stevens 2008 term statistics
9
Majority or Plurality
5
Concurrence
3
Other
15
Dissent
2
Concurrence/dissent Total = 34
Bench opinions = 29 Opinions relating to orders = 5 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 0 Most joined by: Ginsburg (19) Least joined by: Scalia, Thomas, Alito (2)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
4-01



Hedgpeth v. Pulido 557 U.S. 57 (2008)

Fourteenth Amendment  • Due Process Clause  • felony murder  • erroneous jury instructions  • harmless error Souter, Ginsburg
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per curiam
1-02



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

tobacco litigation  • unfair trade practices  • Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act  • federal preemption Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Thomas
4-03



Ysursa v. Pocatello Ed. Assn. 555 U.S. 353 (2009)

First Amendment  • public employee unions  • state ban on payroll deductions for political activities
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Roberts
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Ginsburg
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Breyer
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Souter
4-04



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
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Thomas
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Breyer
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Souter
2-05



Pleasant Grove City v. Summum 555 U.S. 460 (2009)

First Amendment  • free speech  • government speech  • public forums Ginsburg
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Alito
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Scalia
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Souter
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Breyer
3-06



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

immigration law  • Refugee Act of 1980  • persecutor bar for refugee applicants Breyer
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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Thomas
1-07



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

Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act  • FDA-approved pharmaceutical labeling  • federal preemption  • failure-to-warn of risks Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Thomas
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Breyer
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Alito
5-08



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

Eighth Amendment  • death penalty  • proportionality review
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Thomas
Stevens filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari.
5-09



Kelly v. California 555 U.S. 1020 (2008)

Eighth Amendment  • death penalty  • victim impact evidence
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Breyer
Stevens filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari, in a case that involved the admissibility of "victim impact evidence" during the sentencing phase of a capital trial.
2-10



Vail v. Stenson 555 U.S. 1065 (2008)

Eighth Amendment  • death penalty  • stay of execution pending constitutional litigation Ginsburg
Stevens concurred in the Court's stay of execution of a sentence of death.
1-11



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

federally appointed counsel in state clemency proceedings  • certificate of appealability Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Roberts
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Thomas
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Scalia
4-12



Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc. 556 U.S. 208 (2009)

Clean Water Act  • environmental impact of power plant cooling water intake  • national performance standards based on cost-benefit analysis Souter, Ginsburg
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Scalia
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Breyer
4-13



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

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967  • arbitration clause in collective bargaining agreement
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Thomas
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Souter
1-14



Arizona v. Gant 556 U.S. 332 (2009)

Fourth Amendment  • search incident to arrest  • vehicle search Scalia, Souter, Thomas, Ginsburg
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Scalia
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Breyer
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Alito
1-15



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

Fourteenth Amendment  • Due Process Clause  • state suppression of mitigating evidence  • adequate and independent state ground Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Roberts
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Alito
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Thomas
4-16



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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Thomas
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Ginsburg
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Breyer
4-17



Dean v. United States 556 U.S. 568 (2009)

federal criminal law  • mandatory additional sentence discharge of firearm during crime  • proof of intent  • rule of lenity
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Roberts
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Breyer
4-18



Kansas v. Ventris 556 U.S. 586 (2009)

Sixth Amendment  • admissibility of unconstitutionally elicited statement as impeachment evidence Ginsburg
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Scalia
1-19



Burlington N. & S. F. R. Co. v. United States 556 U.S. 599 (2009)

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act  • cleanup cost liability for arranger of hazardous waste disposal Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Thomas, Breyer, Alito
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Ginsburg
2-20



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

appeal after removal to state court  • supplemental jurisdiction
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Thomas
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Scalia
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Breyer
2-21



AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen 556 U.S. 701 (2009)

Pregnancy Discrimination Act  • calculating pregnancy leave for pension plan accrual
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Souter
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Ginsburg
1-22



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

Section 1983  • state limitation of liability against corrections officers  • Supremacy Clause Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Thomas
4-23



Montejo v. Louisiana 556 U.S. 778 (2009)

Fifth Amendment  • right against self-incrimination  • police interrogation after invocation of right to counsel Souter, Ginsburg; Breyer (in part)
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Scalia
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Alito
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Breyer
4-24



CSX Transp., Inc. v. Hensley 556 U.S. 838 (2009)

Federal Employers' Liability Act  • asbestos litigation  • jury instruction on fear-of-cancer damages
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per curiam
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Ginsburg
4-25



Boyle v. United States 556 U.S. 938 (2009)

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act  • association-in-fact enterprise Breyer
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Alito
5-26



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

Eighth Amendment  • death penalty  • substantial delay
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Thomas
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Breyer
Stevens filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari.
4-27



Polar Tankers, Inc. v. City of Valdez 557 U.S. 1 (2009)

Tonnage Clause  • local property tax on vessels Souter
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Breyer
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Roberts
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Alito
4-28



District Attorney's Office for Third Judicial Dist. v. Osborne 557 U.S. 52 (2009)

Due Process Clause  • postconviction access to state evidence for DNA testing  • substantive due process Ginsburg, Breyer; Souter (in part)
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Roberts
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Alito
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Souter
1-29



Yeager v. United States 557 U.S. 110 (2009)

Double Jeopardy Clause  • issue preclusion  • inconsistency between acquittal and hung jury Roberts, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer; Kennedy (in part)
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Alito
4-30



Travelers Indemnity Co. v. Bailey 557 U.S. 137 (2009)

bankruptcy law  • enjoined claims Ginsburg
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Souter
4-31



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 Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Thomas
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Breyer
1-32



Forest Grove School Dist. v. T. A. 557 U.S. 230 (2009)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  • reimbursement for private special education services Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito
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Souter
3-33



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

Fourth Amendment  • strip search of public school student for contraband Ginsburg
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Souter
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Thomas
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Ginsburg
2-34



In re Davis 557 U.S. 952 (2009)

habeas corpus Ginsburg, Breyer
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Scalia
Stevens concurred in the Court's order that a district court hear and determine a habeas corpus petition, writing to critique Scalia's dissent.

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