2008 term United States Supreme Court opinions of John Roberts

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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 fourth term of Chief Justice John Roberts's tenure on the Court. File-Official roberts CJ cropped.jpg
John Roberts 2008 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
4
Concurrence
0
Other
4
Dissent
2
Concurrence/dissent Total = 18
Bench opinions = 17 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 0 Most joined by: Scalia, Alito (11) Least joined by: Stevens, Breyer (3)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
1-01



Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. 555 U.S. 7 (2008)

National Environmental Policy Act  • impact of naval sonar testing on marine mammals  • environmental impact statements Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
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Breyer
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Ginsburg
1-02



Herring v. United States 555 U.S. 135 (2009)

Fourth Amendment  • exclusionary rule  • effect of police negligence on search Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
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Ginsburg
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Breyer
4-03



Spears v. United States 555 U.S. 261 (2009)

Federal Sentencing Guidelines  • crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity Alito
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per curiam
Roberts dissented from the Court's per curiam opinion.
1-04



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

First Amendment  • public employee unions  • state ban on payroll deductions for political activities Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito; Ginsburg (in part)
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Ginsburg
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Breyer
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Stevens
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Souter
4-05



United States v. Hayes 555 U.S. 415 (2009)

Gun Control Act of 1968  • domestic violence predicate offense Scalia
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Ginsburg
1-06



Pacific Bell Telephone Co. v. linkLine Communications, Inc. 555 U.S. 438 (2009)

antitrust law  • Sherman Antitrust Act  • predatory pricing  • wholesale DSL service Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
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Breyer
4-07



Pennsylvania v. Dunlap 555 U.S. 964 (2008)

Fourth Amendment  • probable cause Kennedy
Roberts dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
3-08



Vaden v. Discover Bank 556 U.S. 49 (2009)

Federal Arbitration Act  • petition in federal court to compel arbitration  • federal question jurisdiction Stevens, Breyer, Alito
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Ginsburg
2-09



Kansas v. Colorado 556 U.S. 98 (2009)

Article III  • original jurisdiction  • award of expert witness attendance fees  • Arkansas River Compact Souter
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Alito
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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Thomas
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Scalia
1-11



Nken v. Holder 556 U.S. 418 (2009)

immigration law  • Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996  • stay of removal order Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Kennedy
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Alito
2-12



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

Fourteenth Amendment  • Due Process Clause  • state suppression of mitigating evidence  • adequate and independent state ground
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Stevens
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Alito
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Thomas
1-13



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 Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito
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Stevens
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Breyer
4-14



Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co. 556 U.S. 868 (2009)

Due Process Clause  • recusal  • judicial campaign contributions from litigant Scalia, Thomas, Alito
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Kennedy
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Scalia
3-15



United States v. Denedo 556 U.S. 904 (2009)

Uniform Code of Military Justice  • coram nobis  • All Writs Act Scalia, Thomas, Alito
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Kennedy
2-16



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

Tonnage Clause  • local property tax on vessels Thomas
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Breyer
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Alito
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Stevens
1-17



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 Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
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Alito
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Stevens
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Souter
1-18



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 Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito
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Thomas

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