2011 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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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 nineteenth term of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's tenure on the Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2011 term statistics
7
Majority or Plurality
5
Concurrence
0
Other
3
Dissent
6
Concurrence/dissent Total = 21
Bench opinions = 20 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 2 Most joined by: Breyer (13) Least joined by: Scalia, Thomas (4)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
4-01



Cavazos v. Smith • [full text] 565 U.S. ___ (2011)

Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 Breyer, Sotomayor
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per curiam
Ginsburg dissented from the Court's per curiam granting of certiorari and reversal of the Ninth Circuit's judgment (its third in the course of the litigation), believing the Court erred in reviewing "a notably fact-bound case" because it was "bent on rebuking the Ninth Circuit for what it conceives to be defiance of our prior remands...I would not ignore Smith’s plight and choose her case as a fit opportunity to teach the Ninth Circuit a lesson."
4-02



CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Federal Arbitration Act  • Credit Repair Organizations Act
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Scalia
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Sotomayor
4-03



Minneci v. Pollard 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Eighth Amendment  • cruel and unusual punishment  • privately-run prison  • adequate alternative causes of action under state tort law
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Breyer
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Scalia
1-04



Perry v. New Hampshire 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Due Process Clause  • eyewitness identification made under suggestible circumstances Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Breyer, Alito, Kagan
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Thomas
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Sotomayor
1-05



Maples v. Thomas 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

habeas corpus  • excusable procedural default  • abandonment by counsel Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Alito
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Scalia
1-06



Golan v. Holder 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

copyright  • Berne Convention  • public domain Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Sotomayor
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Breyer
1-07



Mims v. Arrow Financial Services, LLC 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991  • federal question jurisdiction  • presumption of concurrent jurisdiction with state courts Unanimous
4-08



Kawashima v. Holder 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

immigration law  • conviction for false tax return as basis for deportation Breyer, Kagan
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Thomas
3-09



Howes v. Fields 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Miranda warning  • custodial status of prison inmate during interrogation Breyer, Sotomayor
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Alito
4-10



Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Md. 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993  • self-care provision  • Fourteenth Amendment  • abrogation of state sovereign immunity Breyer; Sotomayor, Kagan (in part)
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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Thomas
3-11



Roberts v. Sea-Land Services, Inc. 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act  • date of assessment of compensation rate
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Sotomayor
2-12



Sackett v. EPA 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Clean Water Act  • discharge of pollutants into navigable waters  • finality of EPA compliance order under Administrative Procedure Act
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Scalia
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Alito
1-13



Vartelas v. Holder 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996  • effect of conviction on lawful permanent resident seeking reentry  • antiretroactivity principle Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Scalia
2-14



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

qualified immunity  • private individuals temporarily working for government
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Roberts
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Sotomayor
1-15



Wood v. Milyard 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

habeas corpus  • court of appeals raising sua sponte deliberately forfeited statute of limitation defense Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Thomas
1-16



Astrue v. Capato 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Social Security  • eligibility of posthumously conceived children for survivor's benefits  • definition of child under state intestacy law Unanimous
4-17



Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd. 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Court Interpreters Act  • document translation expenses as court costs awardable to prevailing parties Breyer, Sotomayor
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Alito
2-18



Reichle v. Howards 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

First Amendment  • retaliatory arrest  • qualified immunity  • Secret Service Breyer
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Thomas
2-19



FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

FCC regulation of indecent broadcasting content  • fleeting expletives or nudity  • Due Process Clause  • void for vagueness doctrine
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Kennedy
3-20



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 Sotomayor; Breyer, Kagan (in part)
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Roberts
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Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
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Thomas
2-21



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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Roberts
Ginsburg concurred in the Court's denial of certiorari.

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