2009 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

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The 2009 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 5, 2009 and concluded October 3, 2010. This was the nineteenth term of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas's tenure on the Court. Clarence Thomas official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Clarence Thomas 2009 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
14
Concurrence
0
Other
5
Dissent
1
Concurrence/dissent Total = 28
Bench opinions = 26 Opinions relating to orders = 2 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 2 Most joined by: Scalia (15) Least joined by: Ginsburg, Breyer (5)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
2-01



Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter 558 U.S. 100 (2009)

appealability of disclosure orders adverse to attorney-client privilege  • collateral order doctrine
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Sotomayor
2-02



McDaniel v. Brown 558 U.S. 120 (2010)

habeas corpus  • sufficiency of the evidence review  • DNA evidence Scalia
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per curiam
4-03



Presley v. Georgia 558 U.S. 209 (2010)

Sixth Amendment  • right to public trial  • exclusion of public from jury voir dire Scalia
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per curiam
3-04



Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm'n 558 U.S. 310 (2010)

campaign finance reform  • Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002  • First Amendment  • free speech  • corporate speech
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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Scalia
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Stevens
2-06



Johnson v. Bredesen 558 U.S. 1067 (2009)

Eighth Amendment  • death penalty
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Stevens
Thomas concurred in the Court's denial of certiorari.
2-07



Wilkins v. Gaddy 559 U.S. 34 (2010)

Eighth Amendment  • use of excessive force Scalia
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per curiam
2-08



Maryland v. Shatzer 559 U.S. 98 (2010)

Fifth Amendment  • Miranda rights  • release to general prison population as break in custody
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Scalia
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Stevens
1-09



Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick 559 U.S. 154 (2010)

copyright law  • prelitigation registration requirement  • subject matter jurisdiction Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Ginsburg
1-10



Bloate v. United States 559 U.S. 196 (2010)

Speedy Trial Act  • exclusion of time granted to prepare pretrial motions Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor
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Ginsburg
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Alito
2-11



Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P. A. v. United States 559 U.S. 229 (2010)

Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005  • bankruptcy attorneys as debt relief agencies
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Sotomayor
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Scalia
1-12



United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa 559 U.S. 260 (2010)

bankruptcy law  • undue hardship discharge of student loan debt  • failure to serve creditor with summons and complaint Unanimous
2-13



Berghuis v. Smith 559 U.S. 314 (2010)

Sixth Amendment  • right to impartial jury representing cross-section of community
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Ginsburg
2-14



Jones v. Harris Associates 559 U.S. 335 (2010)

Investment Company Act of 1940  • investment advisor compensation as breach of fiduciary duty
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Alito
2-15



Perdue v. Kenny A. 559 U.S. 542 (2010)

Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Award Act of 1976  • calculation of attorney's fees
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Alito
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Kennedy
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Breyer
4-16



Noriega v. Pastrana 559 U.S. 917 (2010)

Military Commissions Act of 2006  • Third Geneva Convention  • extradition of prisoner of war  • habeas corpus  • Suspension Clause Scalia
Thomas dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari in a proceeding brought by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to challenge his extradition to France upon his release from federal prison.
4-17



Graham v. Florida 560 U.S. 48 (2010)

Eighth Amendment  • cruel and unusual punishment  • sentencing of juveniles to life imprisonment for nonhomicide crimes Scalia; Alito (in part)
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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Stevens
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Alito
4-18



United States v. Comstock 560 U.S. 126 (2010)

Necessary and Proper Clause  • civil commitment of mentally ill, sexually dangerous prisoners Scalia (in part)
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Breyer
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Kennedy
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Alito
2-19



United States v. O'Brien 560 U.S. 218 (2010)

use of machine gun in federal crime as element or sentencing factor
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Kennedy
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Stevens
1-20



Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co. 560 U.S. 242 (2010)

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974  • award of attorney's fees Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor; Stevens (in part)
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Stevens
2-21



Samantar v. Yousuf 560 U.S. 305 (2010)

Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act  • immunity for officials of foreign states
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Stevens
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Scalia
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Alito
2-22



Levin v. Commerce Energy, Inc. 560 U.S. 413 (2010)

discriminatory state taxation  • comity Scalia
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Ginsburg
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Kennedy
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Alito
2-23



Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder 560 U.S. 563 (2010)

Immigration and Nationality Act  • discretionary cancellation of removal proceedings  • drug possession as aggravated felony
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Stevens
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Scalia
1-24



Astrue v. Ratliff 560 U.S. 586 (2010)

Equal Access to Justice Act  • award of attorney's fees  • administrative offset to satisfy debt to government Unanimous
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Sotomayor
1-25



Schwab v. Reilly 560 U.S. 770 (2010)

bankruptcy law  • Chapter 7  • trustee objections to claimed estate exemptions Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito, Sotomayor
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Ginsburg
4-26



Doe v. Reed 561 U.S. 186 (2010)

public disclosure of referendum petitions  • First Amendment  • free speech
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Roberts
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Stevens
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Scalia
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Breyer
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Alito
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Sotomayor
1-27



Granite Rock Co. v. Teamsters 561 U.S. 287 (2010)

Labor Management Relations Act  • arbitration of collective bargaining agreement ratification date Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito; Stevens, Sotomayor (in part)
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Sotomayor
1-28



Magwood v. Patterson 561 U.S. 320 (2010)

habeas corpus  • Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996  • claims in second or successive applications Scalia; Stevens, Breyer, Sotomayor (in part)
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Breyer
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Kennedy
2-29



McDonald v. Chicago 561 U.S. 742 (2010)

Second Amendment  • Fourteenth Amendment  • Incorporation Doctrine  • gun control
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Alito
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Scalia
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Stevens
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Breyer

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