2008 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Samuel Alito

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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 Associate Justice Samuel Alito's tenure on the Court. Justice Alito official.jpg
Samuel Alito 2008 term statistics
7
Majority or Plurality
8
Concurrence
0
Other
8
Dissent
1
Concurrence/dissent Total = 24
Bench opinions = 22 Opinions relating to orders = 2 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 4 Most joined by: Thomas (14) Least joined by: Stevens, Souter (5)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
2-01



Chambers v. United States 555 U.S. 122 (2009)

Armed Career Criminal Act  • definition of "violent felony" Thomas
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Breyer
2-02



Locke v. Karass 555 U.S. 207 (2009)

First Amendment  • public employee union fees imposed on nonmembers Roberts, Scalia
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Breyer
1-03



Pearson v. Callahan 555 U.S. 223 (2009)

qualified immunity  • Fourth Amendment  • consent-once-removed doctrine Unanimous
1-04



Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Comm. 555 U.S. 246 (2009)

Fourteenth Amendment  • Equal Protection Clause  • sex discrimination  • Title IX  • section 1983 Unanimous
2-05



Crawford v. Nashville 555 U.S. 271 (2009)

Title VII  • antiretaliation provision Thomas
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Souter
1-06



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

First Amendment  • free speech  • government speech  • public forums Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Stevens
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Scalia
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Souter
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Breyer
4-07



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

Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act  • FDA-approved pharmaceutical labeling  • federal preemption  • failure-to-warn of risks Roberts, Scalia
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Stevens
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Thomas
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Breyer
1-08



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

original jurisdiction  • award of expert witness attendance fees  • Arkansas River Compact Unanimous
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Roberts
1-09



Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs 556 U.S. 163 (2009)

Hawaii Admission Act  • Apology Resolution  • disposition of land ceded to State upon admission to Union Unanimous
4-10



Corley v. United States 556 U.S. 303 (2009)

confession after unreasonable delay  • Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure  • voluntariness of confession Roberts, Scalia, Thomas
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Souter
4-11



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

Fourth Amendment  • search incident to arrest  • vehicle search Roberts, Kennedy; Breyer (in part)
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Stevens
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Scalia
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Breyer
4-12



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

immigration law  • Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996  • stay of removal order Thomas
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Roberts
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Kennedy
3-13



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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Roberts
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Thomas
2-14



Flores-Figueroa v. United States 556 U.S. 646 (2009)

federal criminal law  • identity theft  • knowing use of another person's identification
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Breyer
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Scalia
2-15



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

Fifth Amendment  • right against self-incrimination  • police interrogation after invocation of right to counsel Kennedy
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Scalia
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Stevens
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Breyer
1-16



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

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act  • association-in-fact enterprise Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Thomas, Ginsburg
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Stevens
4-17



Megginson v. United States 556 U.S. 1230 (2009)

Fourth Amendment  • search incident to arrest  • vehicle search
Alito dissented from the Court's summary vacatur and remand.
4-18



Grooms v. United States 556 U.S. 1231 (2009)

Fourth Amendment  • search incident to arrest  • vehicle search
Alito dissented from the Court's summary vacatur and remand.
2-19



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

Tonnage Clause  • local property tax on vessels
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Breyer
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Roberts
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Stevens
2-20



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 Kennedy; Thomas (in part)
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Roberts
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Stevens
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Souter
4-21



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

Double Jeopardy Clause  • issue preclusion  • inconsistency between acquittal and hung jury Scalia, Thomas
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Stevens
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Kennedy
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Scalia
4-22



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

maritime law  • Jones Act  • punitive damages Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy
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Thomas
1-23



Horne v. Flores 557 U.S. 433 (2009)

Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974  • state funding of English language instruction  • Article III  • standing  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure  • relief from judgment based on changed circumstances  • No Child Left Behind Act Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Breyer
2-24



Ricci v. DeStefano 557 U.S. 557 (2009)

Title VII  • disparate impact  • exams used for employee promotions Scalia, Thomas
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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Ginsburg

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