2008 term opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The 2008 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 6, 2008 and concluded October 4, 2009. The table illustrates which opinion was filed by each justice in each case and which justices joined each opinion.

Table key[edit]


Delivered the Court's opinion

Joined the Court's opinion

Filed a concurrence

Joined a concurrence

Filed a dissent

Joined a dissent

Filed a concurrence/dissent

Joined a concurrence/dissent

Did not participate in the decision
  • Decisions that do not note an argument date were decided without oral argument. Decisions that do not note a Justice delivering the Court's opinion are per curiam.
  • Multiple concurrences and dissents within a case are numbered, with joining votes numbered accordingly. Justices frequently join multiple opinions in a single case; each vote is subdivided accordingly.
  • An asterisk ( * ) in the Court's opinion denotes that it was only a majority in part or a plurality. An asterisk in a joining vote denotes that the justice joined it only in part.
  • A dash ( - ) denotes that the Justice concurred or dissented without filing a separate opinion.

2008 term opinions[edit]

# Case name and citation Argued Decided Roberts Stevens Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer Alito

1 Moore v. United States, 555 U.S. 1 October 14, 2008
2 Brunner v. Ohio Republican Party, 555 U.S. 5 October 17, 2008
3 Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 555 U.S. 7 October 8, 2008 November 12, 2008
*
4 Bell v. Kelly,[1] 555 U.S. 55 November 17, 2008
5 Hedgpeth v. Pulido, 555 U.S. 57 December 2, 2008
6 Altria Group, Inc. v. Good, 555 U.S. 70 October 6, 2008 December 15, 2008
7 Jimenez v. Quarterman, 555 U.S. 113 November 4, 2008 January 13, 2009
8 Chambers v. United States, 555 U.S. 122 November 10, 2008 January 13, 2009
9 Herring v. United States, 555 U.S. 135 October 7, 2008 January 14, 2009
1
1 2
1
1 2
10 Oregon v. Ice, 555 U.S. 160 October 14, 2008 January 14, 2009
11 Waddington v. Sarausad, 555 U.S. 179 October 15, 2008 January 21, 2009
12 Locke v. Karass, 555 U.S. 207 October 6, 2008 January 21, 2009
13 Pearson v. Callahan, 555 U.S. 223 October 14, 2008 January 21, 2009
14 Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, 555 U.S. 246 December 2, 2008 January 21, 2009
15 Spears v. United States, 555 U.S. 261 January 21, 2009
1
-
1
16 Crawford v. Nashville, 555 U.S. 271 October 8, 2008 January 26, 2009
17 Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Sav. and Investment Plan, 555 U.S. 285 October 7, 2008 January 26, 2009
18 United States v. Eurodif S. A., 555 U.S. 305 November 4, 2008 January 26, 2009
19 Arizona v. Johnson, 555 U.S. 323 December 9, 2008 January 26, 2009
20 Van de Kamp v. Goldstein, 555 U.S. 335 November 5, 2008 January 26, 2009
21 Nelson v. United States, 555 U.S. 350 January 26, 2009
22 Ysursa v. Pocatello Ed. Assn., 555 U.S. 353 November 3, 2008 February 24, 2009
1
2
*
23 Carcieri v. Salazar, 555 U.S. 379 November 3, 2008 February 24, 2009
*
24 United States v. Hayes, 555 U.S. 415 November 10, 2008 February 24, 2009
*
25 Pacific Bell Telephone Co. v. linkLine Communications, Inc., 555 U.S. 438 December 8, 2008 February 25, 2009
26 Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, 555 U.S. 460 November 12, 2008 February 25, 2009
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2
3
2
1
4
27 Summers v. Earth Island Institute, 555 U.S. 488 October 8, 2008 March 3, 2009
28 Negusie v. Holder, 555 U.S. 511 November 5, 2008 March 3, 2009
*
29 Wyeth v. Levine, 555 U.S. 555 November 3, 2008 March 4, 2009
1
2
30 Bartlett v. Strickland, 556 U.S. 1 October 14, 2008 March 9, 2009
1
*
1
1 2
1 3
31 Vaden v. Discover Bank, 556 U.S. 49 October 6, 2008 March 9, 2009
*
*
*
32 Vermont v. Brillon, 556 U.S. 81 January 13, 2009 March 9, 2009
33 Kansas v. Colorado, 556 U.S. 98 December 1, 2008 March 9, 2009
34 Knowles v. Mirzayance, 556 U.S. 111 January 13, 2009 March 24, 2009
*
*
*
35 Puckett v. United States, 556 U.S. 129 January 14, 2009 March 25, 2009
36 Rivera v. Illinois, 556 U.S. 148 February 23, 2009 March 31, 2009
37 Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 556 U.S. 163 February 25, 2009 March 31, 2009
38 Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Williams,[2] 556 U.S. 178 March 31, 2009
39 Harbison v. Bell, 556 U.S. 180 January 12, 2009 April 1, 2009
1
2
*
40 Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc., 556 U.S. 208 December 2, 2008 April 1, 2009
41 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett, 556 U.S. 247 December 1, 2008 April 1, 2009
1 2
2
2
2
42 United States v. Navajo Nation, 556 U.S. 287 February 23, 2009 April 6, 2009
43 Corley v. United States, 556 U.S. 303 January 21, 2009 April 6, 2009
44 Arizona v. Gant, 556 U.S. 332 October 7, 2008 April 21, 2009
2
2
1 2*
2
45 Ministry of Defense and Support for Armed Forces of Iran v. Elahi, 556 U.S. 366 January 12, 2009 April 21, 2009
*
* *
* *
46 Shinseki v. Sanders, 556 U.S. 396 December 8, 2008 April 21, 2009
47 Nken v. Holder, 556 U.S. 418 January 21, 2009 April 22, 2009
48 Cone v. Bell, 556 U.S. 449 December 9, 2008 April 28, 2009
49 FCC v. Fox Television Stations, 556 U.S. 502 November 4, 2008 April 28, 2009
1 3
*
* 1
3
2
2 3
3
50 Dean v. United States, 556 U.S. 568 March 4, 2009 April 29, 2009
1
2
51 Kansas v. Ventris, 556 U.S. 586 January 21, 2009 April 29, 2009
52 Burlington N. & S. F. R. Co. v. United States, 556 U.S. 599 February 24, 2009 May 4, 2009
53 Arthur Andersen LLP v. Carlisle, 556 U.S. 624 March 3, 2009 May 4, 2009
54 Carlsbad Technology, Inc. v. HIF Bio, Inc., 556 U.S. 635 February 24, 2009 May 4, 2009
1
2
3
3
55 Flores-Figueroa v. United States, 556 U.S. 646 February 25, 2009 May 4, 2009
1
1
2
56 Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662 December 10, 2008 May 18, 2009
1
1
1
1 2
57 AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen, 556 U.S. 701 December 10, 2008 May 18, 2009
58 Haywood v. Drown, 556 U.S. 729 December 3, 2008 May 26, 2009
*
*
*
59 Montejo v. Louisiana, 556 U.S. 778 January 13, 2009 May 26, 2009
1
1
1
1* 2
60 Abuelhawa v. United States, 556 U.S. 816 March 4, 2009 May 26, 2009
61 Bobby v. Bies, 556 U.S. 825 April 27, 2009 June 1, 2009
62 CSX Transp., Inc. v. Hensley, 556 U.S. 838 June 1, 2009
1
2
63 Republic of Iraq v. Beaty, 556 U.S. 848 April 20, 2009 June 8, 2009
64 Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co., 556 U.S. 868 March 3, 2009 June 8, 2009
1
1 2
1
1
65 United States v. Denedo, 556 U.S. 904 March 25, 2009 June 8, 2009
*
*
*
66 United States ex rel. Eisenstein v. City of New York, 556 U.S. 928 April 21, 2009 June 8, 2009
67 Boyle v. United States, 556 U.S. 938 January 14, 2009 June 8, 2009
68 Indiana State Police Pension Trust v. Chrysler LLC, 556 U.S. 960 June 9, 2009
69 Polar Tankers, Inc. v. City of Valdez, 557 U.S. 1 April 1, 2009 June 15, 2009
1
1
*
* 2
70 Nijhawan v. Holder, 557 U.S. 29 April 27, 2009 June 15, 2009
71 District Attorney's Office for Third Judicial Dist. v. Osborne, 557 U.S. 52 March 2, 2009 June 18, 2009
1
1* 2
*
1
1
72 Yeager v. United States, 557 U.S. 110 March 23, 2009 June 18, 2009
1 2
*
1 2
1 2
73 Travelers Indemnity Co. v. Bailey, 557 U.S. 137 March 30, 2009 June 18, 2009
74 Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc., 557 U.S. 167 March 31, 2009 June 18, 2009
1
1 2
1 2
1 2
75 Northwest Austin Municipal Util. Dist. No. One v. Holder, 557 U.S. 193 April 29, 2009 June 22, 2009
76 Forest Grove School Dist. v. T. A., 557 U.S. 230 April 28, 2009 June 22, 2009
77 Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, 557 U.S. 261 January 12, 2009 June 22, 2009
* 1
2
78 Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 557 U.S. 305 November 10, 2008 June 25, 2009
79 Safford Unified School Dist. #1 v. Redding, 557 U.S. 364 April 21, 2009 June 25, 2009
* 1
2
* 1 3
80 Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend, 557 U.S. 404 March 2, 2009 June 25, 2009
81 Horne v. Flores, 557 U.S. 433 April 20, 2009 June 25, 2009
82 Cuomo v. Clearing House Assn., L. L. C., 557 U.S. 519 April 28, 2009 June 29, 2009
*
*
*
83 Ricci v. DeStefano, 557 U.S. 557 April 22, 2009 June 29, 2009
1 2
2
2
# Case name and citation Argued Decided Roberts Stevens Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer Alito

2008 term membership and statistics[edit]

This was the fourth term of Chief Justice Roberts' tenure and the third full term with the same membership.

Justice Appointment history Agreement with judgment Opinions filed
Seniority Name President Date confirmed  % # Total
Chief Justice Roberts, JohnJohn Roberts Bush, George W.George W. Bush September 29, 2005 81.9% 68/83 8 4 2 3 17
Associate Justice Stevens, John PaulJohn Paul Stevens Ford, GeraldGerald Ford December 19, 1975 62.7% 52/83 9 3 2 15 29
Associate Justice Scalia, AntoninAntonin Scalia Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan September 26, 1986 84.3% 70/83 11 7 1 3 22
Associate Justice Kennedy, AnthonyAnthony Kennedy Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan February 18, 1988 94% 78/83 7 4 1 1 13
Associate Justice Souter, DavidDavid Souter Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush October 9, 1990 69.9% 58/83 8 2 1 10 21
Associate Justice Thomas, ClarenceClarence Thomas Bush, George H. W.George H. W. Bush October 23, 1991 81.9% 68/83 9 5 3 4 21
Associate Justice Ginsburg, Ruth BaderRuth Bader Ginsburg Clinton, BillBill Clinton August 10, 1993 69.9% 58/83 7 1 1 9 18
Associate Justice Breyer, StephenStephen Breyer Clinton, BillBill Clinton August 3, 1994 73.5% 61/83 8 7 3 11 29
Associate Justice Alito, SamuelSamuel Alito Bush, George W.George W. Bush January 31, 2006 80.7% 67/83 7 8 1 6 22
Totals
74 41 15 62 192


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Court's per curiam opinion in Bell v. Kelly dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.
  2. ^ The Court in Phiip Morris USA Inc. v. Williams dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted. The Court had rendered an opinion at a previous stage in the litigation; see Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Williams, 549 U.S. 346 (2007).

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