2011 term United States Supreme Court opinions of John Roberts

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The 2011 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 3, 2011 and concluded September 30, 2012. This was the seventh term of Chief Justice John Roberts's tenure on the Court. File-Official roberts CJ cropped.jpg
John Roberts 2011 term statistics
7
Majority or Plurality
2
Concurrence
1
Other
4
Dissent
0
Concurrence/dissent Total = 14
Bench opinions = 12 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 1
Unanimous opinions: 2 Most joined by: Scalia, Alito (9) Least joined by: Sotomayor (4)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
1-01



Smith v. Cain 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Due Process Clause  • Brady disclosure  • materiality of witness impeachment evidence Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan
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1-02



Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Americans with Disabilities Act  • First Amendment  • ministerial exception to employment discrimination laws Unanimous
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Thomas
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Alito
1-03



Messerschmidt v. Millender 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Fourth Amendment  • law enforcement reliance on overbroad search warrant  • qualified immunity Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer, Alito
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Breyer
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Kagan
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Sotomayor
4-04



Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern Cal., Inc. 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Medicaid  • state law reduction of payments to providers  • review by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  • private action to enforce federal reimbursement criteria  • Supremacy Clause Scalia, Thomas, Alito
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Breyer
1-05



Zivotofsky v. Clinton 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

political question doctrine  • U.S. position on status of Jerusalem  • Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003  • passport designation of births in Jerusalem Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Kagan
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Alito
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Sotomayor
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Breyer
2-06



Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Fourth Amendment  • strip searches in jail of arrestees of minor offenses
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Kennedy
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Alito
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Breyer
1-07



Filarsky v. Delia 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

qualified immunity  • private individuals temporarily working for government Unanimous
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Ginsburg
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Sotomayor
1-08



Blueford v. Arkansas 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

double jeopardy  • retrial after mistrial due to hung jury Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer, Alito
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Sotomayor
4-14



Armour v. Indianapolis 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Equal Protection Clause  • disparate tax treatment  • administrative justifications under rational basis review Scalia, Alito
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Breyer
4-15



Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act  • reimbursement of tribal contract support costs for public services  • Contract Disputes Act Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito
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Sotomayor
4-16



Miller v. Alabama 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Eighth Amendment  • Cruel and Unusual Punishment  • sentencing of juveniles to life without parole Scalia, Thomas, Alito
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Breyer
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Thomas
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Alito
1-17



National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  • individual mandate  • Anti-Injunction Act  • Commerce Clause  • Necessary and Proper Clause  • Medicaid expansion  • coercive conditions on federal spending Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan (in part)
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Ginsburg
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Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
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Thomas
2-18



FCC v. CBS Corp. 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

FCC regulation of indecent broadcasting content  • Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy  • fleeting expletives
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Ginsburg
Roberts concurred in the Court's denial of certiorari.
5-19



Maryland v. King • [full text] 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Fourth Amendment  • DNA collection from criminal defendants
Roberts granted a stay, pending the Supreme Court's disposition of a certiorari peition, of a decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals. The lower court had held a state law providing for the collection of DNA samples from defendants charged with certain crimes violated the Fourth Amendment. Roberts believed that the Court was likely to grant the cert. petition because the Maryland decision conflicted with decisions by the Third and Ninth Circuits and another state supreme court, and that it was likely to reverse the Maryland decision because of the strength of the analyses presented in those other courts' decisions. He also concluded that the decision, like any other that enjoined a statute, subjected Maryland to irreparable harm. Noting that 58 prosecutions had occurred between 2009 and 2011 because of DNA collection from Maryland arrestees, the lower decision also constituted "an ongoing and concrete harm to Maryland's law enforcement and public safety interests." A stay was, therefore, appropriate.
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