2009 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Samuel Alito

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The 2009 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 5, 2009 and concluded October 4, 2010. This was the fifth term of Associate Justice Samuel Alito's tenure on the Court. Justice Alito official.jpg
Samuel Alito 2009 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
10
Concurrence
0
Other
8
Dissent
0
Concurrence/dissent Total = 26
Bench opinions = 25 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 2 Most joined by: Roberts (10) Least joined by: Stevens, Sotomayor (4)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
2-01



Bobby v. Van Hook 558 U.S. 4 (2009)

Sixth Amendment  • ineffective assistance of counsel
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Alito joined the Court's per curiam opinion, which had reversed the lower court for resolving an ineffective assistance of counsel claim by applying guidelines published by the American Bar Association nearly twenty years after the trial. Alito filed a separate concurrence to emphasize his understanding that the Supreme Court's opinion "in no way suggests that the [ABA Guidelines] have special relevance in determining whether an attorney’s performance meets the standard required by the Sixth Amendment." Pointing out that the ABA "is a private group with limited membership," Alito observed that its views are not necessarily reflective of American lawyers as a whole. It is instead the responsibility of the courts to determine what conduct by an attorney meets constitutional standards, and Alito saw "no reason why the ABA Guidelines should be given a privileged position in making that determination."
4-02



Wellons v. Hall 558 U.S. 220 (2010)

habeas corpus  • procedural default  • GVR orders Roberts
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per curiam
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Scalia
2-03



Kucana v. Holder 558 U.S. 233 (2010)

Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996  • ban on judicial review of discretionary actions by Attorney General
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Ginsburg
1-04



South Carolina v. North Carolina 558 U.S. 256 (2010)

state apportionment of the Catawba River waters  • intervention by municipal entity in original action Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Breyer
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Roberts
4-05



Johnson v. United States 559 U.S. 133 (2010)

Armed Career Criminal Act  • state battery conviction as predicate violent felony Thomas
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Scalia
1-06



Mac's Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co. 559 U.S. 175 (2010)

Petroleum Marketing Practices Act  • constructive termination Unanimous
4-07



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

Speedy Trial Act  • exclusion of time granted to prepare pretrial motions Breyer
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Thomas
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Ginsburg
1-08



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

Investment Company Act of 1940  • investment advisor compensation as breach of fiduciary duty Unanimous
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Thomas
2-09



Padilla v. Kentucky 559 U.S. 356 (2010)

Sixth Amendment  • ineffective assistance of counsel  • legal advice on deportation as consequence of conviction Roberts
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Stevens
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Scalia
4-10



United States v. Stevens 559 U.S. 460 (2010)

criminalization of depictions of animal cruelty  • First Amendment  • free speech
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Roberts
1-11



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

Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Award Act of 1976  • calculation of attorney's fees Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Kennedy
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Thomas
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Breyer
1-12



Stolt-Nielsen S. A. v. AnimalFeeds Int'l Corp. 559 U.S. 662 (2010)

Federal Arbitration Act  • class arbitration Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Ginsburg
2-13



Salazar v. Buono 559 U.S. 700 (2010)

Article III  • standing  • First Amendment  • Establishment Clause  • display of religious symbol on government land  • land transfer from government to private owner
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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Scalia
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Stevens
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Breyer
4-14



Nurre v. Whitehead 559 U.S. 1025 (2010)

First Amendment  • free speech  • student speech in public schools  • public forum doctrine
Alito dissented from the Court's denial of certiorari.
4-15



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

Eighth Amendment  • cruel and unusual punishment  • sentencing of juveniles to life imprisonment for nonhomicide crimes
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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Stevens
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Thomas
2-16



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

Necessary and Proper Clause  • civil commitment of mentally ill, sexually dangerous prisoners
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Breyer
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Kennedy
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Thomas
2-17



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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Thomas
2-18



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

discriminatory state taxation  • comity
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Ginsburg
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Kennedy
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Thomas
4-19



Carr v. United States 560 U.S. 438 (2010)

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act  • registration requirements for interstate travel  • ex post facto application Thomas, Ginsburg
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Sotomayor
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Scalia
1-20



Hamilton v. Lanning 560 U.S. 505 (2010)

bankruptcy law  • Chapter 13  • Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005  • calculation of debtor's projected disposal income Roberts, Stevens, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor
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Scalia
2-21



Holland v. Florida 560 U.S. 631 (2010)

Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996  • statute of limitations  • equitable tolling
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Breyer
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Scalia
1-22



Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms 561 U.S. 139 (2010)

Plant Protection Act  • deregulation of genetically modified plants  • Article III  • standing Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor
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Stevens
2-23



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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Sotomayor
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Thomas
2-24



Skilling v. United States 561 U.S. 358 (2010)

Enron scandal  • Sixth Amendment  • Article III  • change of venue  • juror prejudice from pretrial publicity  • honest services fraud
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Ginsburg
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Scalia
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Sotomayor
4-25



Christian Legal Soc. Chapter of Univ. of Cal., Hastings College of Law v. Martinez 561 U.S. 661 (2010)

nondiscrimination policy for university student organizations  • First Amendment  • free speech  • public forum doctrine Roberts, Scalia, Thomas
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Ginsburg
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Stevens
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Kennedy
1-26



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

Second Amendment  • Fourteenth Amendment  • Incorporation Doctrine  • gun control Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy; Thomas (in part)
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Scalia
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Thomas
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Stevens
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Breyer

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