2008 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Stephen Breyer

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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 fifteenth term of Associate Justice Stephen Breyer's tenure on the Court. Stephen Breyer, SCOTUS photo portrait.jpg
Stephen Breyer 2008 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
7
Concurrence
1
Other
13
Dissent
3
Concurrence/dissent Total = 32
Bench opinions = 29 Opinions relating to orders = 2 In-chambers opinions = 1
Unanimous opinions: 3 Most joined by: Souter (13) Least joined by: Thomas (5)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
3-01



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 Stevens (in part)
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Roberts
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Ginsburg
1-02



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

Armed Career Criminal Act  • definition of "violent felony" Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg
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Alito
4-03



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

Fourth Amendment  • exclusionary rule  • effect of police negligence on search Souter
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Roberts
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Ginsburg
1-04



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

First Amendment  • public employee union fees imposed on nonmembers Unanimous
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Alito
1-05



Van de Kamp v. Goldstein 555 U.S. 335 (2009)

Section 1983  • failure to disclose impeachment evidence of state witnesses  • prosecutorial immunity Unanimous
2-06



Nelson v. United States 555 U.S. 350 (2009)

United States Sentencing Guidelines  • confession of error Alito
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per curiam
3-07



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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Stevens
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Souter
2-08



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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Souter
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Stevens
2-09



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

antitrust law  • Sherman Antitrust Act  • predatory pricing  • wholesale DSL service Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg
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Roberts
2-10



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

First Amendment  • free speech  • government speech  • public forums
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Alito
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Stevens
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Scalia
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Souter
4-11



Summers v. Earth Island Institute 555 U.S. 488 (2009)

Forest Service Decisionmaking and Appeals Reform Act  • regulatory exceptions to notice and comment procedures  • Article III  • standing Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg
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Scalia
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Kennedy
2-12



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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Thomas
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Alito
4-13



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

Due Process Clause  • Eighth Amendment  • death penalty  • victim impact evidence
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Stevens
Breyer dissented from 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.
4-14



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

Voting Rights Act of 1965  • legislative redistricting  • vote dilution
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Kennedy
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Thomas
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Souter
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Ginsburg
4-15



Vermont v. Brillon 556 U.S. 81 (2009)

Sixth Amendment  • Speedy Trial Clause  • delay attributable to court-appointed defense counsel Stevens
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Ginsburg
3-16



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
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Scalia
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Stevens
4-17



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

Fourth Amendment  • search incident to arrest  • vehicle search
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Stevens
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Scalia
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Alito
1-18



Ministry of Defense and Support for Armed Forces of Islamic Republic of Iran v. Elahi 556 U.S. 36 (2009)

attachment to judgment in favor of foreign government  • Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002  • Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Thomas, Alito; Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg (in part)
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Kennedy
1-19



Shinseki v. Sanders 556 U.S. 396 (2009)

denial of benefits by Department of Veterans Affairs  • failure to give notice of required evidence  • harmless error Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
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Souter
4-20



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

Public Telecommunications Act of 1992  • indecency ban on broadcast television  • fleeting expletives Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg
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Scalia
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Kennedy
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Thomas
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Stevens
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Ginsburg
4-21



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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Stevens
2-22



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

appeal after removal to state court  • supplemental jurisdiction Souter
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Thomas
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Stevens
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Scalia
1-23



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

federal criminal law  • identity theft  • knowing use of another person's identification Roberts, Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg
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Scalia
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Alito
4-24



Ashcroft v. Iqbal 556 U.S. 662 (2009)

post-9/11 detention  • qualified immunity  • collateral order doctrine  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure  • sufficiency of pleadings in discrimination case
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Kennedy
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Souter
4-25



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

Fifth Amendment  • right against self-incrimination  • police interrogation after invocation of right to counsel
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Scalia
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Alito
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Stevens
4-26



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

Eighth Amendment  • death penalty  • substantial delay
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Stevens
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Thomas
Breyer dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
1-27



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

Tonnage Clause  • local property tax on vessels Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg; Alito (in part)
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Alito
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Stevens
1-28



Nijhawan v. Holder 557 U.S. 29 (2009)

immigration law  • removal after conviction of aggravated felony  • threshold for monetary loss caused by crime Unanimous
4-29



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
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Thomas
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Stevens
2-30



Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council 557 U.S. 261 (2009)

Clean Water Act  • Army Corps of Engineers authority to issue slurry discharge permit
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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Ginsburg
4-31



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 Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg
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Alito
5-32



O'Brien v. O'Laughlin 557 U.S. 1301 (2009)

habeas corpus  • bail pending appeal
Breyer denied the government's application for a stay of the grant of a habeas corpus petition.

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