2011 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Samuel Alito

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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 Associate Justice Samuel Alito's tenure on the Court. Justice Alito official.jpg
Samuel Alito 2011 term statistics
7
Majority or Plurality
6
Concurrence
2
Other
6
Dissent
1
Concurrence/dissent Total = 22
Bench opinions = 19 Opinions relating to orders = 3 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 1 Most joined by: Scalia (9) Least joined by: Sotomayor (2)
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
5-01



Buck v. Thaler • [full text] 565 U.S. ___ (2011)

death penalty Scalia, Breyer
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Sotomayor
Alito filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari in a case involving a murder conviction and death sentence in Texas state court. During the sentencing phase, a psychologist had improperly testified that blacks were more likely to be violent. The psychologist, however, was a defense witness, and his statements elicited during cross-examination on race as a predictor of future violence did not go beyond his direct testimony on the issue. The defendant was, therefore, himself responsible for the introduction of the inappropriate race-related statements .

Further reading

4-02



Doe v. Reed • [full text] 565 U.S. ___ (2011)

disclosure of referendum petitions
Alito dissented from the Court's denial of an injunction, in a case involving a Washington state law that compelled disclosure of referendum petitions. The Court had previously decided in the case to reject a facial challenge to the constitutionality of the law, brought by supporters of a failed petition to bar domestic partnership rights to same-sex couples. On remand, the District Court also rejected the plaintiffs' as-applied challenge, ruling that they were not part of the narrow group that could challenge disclosure, and in the alternative that they had not shown the requisite threatened harm that disclosure would cause. Alito thought the standards the District Court applied were questionable and that important legal issues were raised by the case, for which there had not yet been meaningful appellate review.
2-03



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 Kagan
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Roberts
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Thomas
2-04



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

habeas corpus  • excusable procedural default  • abandonment by counsel
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Ginsburg
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Scalia
2-06



United States v. Jones 565 U.S. ___ (2012)

Fourth Amendment  • GPS tracking of suspect's vehicle Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan
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Scalia
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Sotomayor
1-07



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

Miranda warning  • custodial status of prison inmate during interrogation Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Kagan
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Ginsburg
2-08



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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Ginsburg
4-09



Lafler v. Cooper 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

ineffective assistance of counsel  • rejection of plea bargain as prejudice
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Kennedy
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Scalia
2-10



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
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Roberts
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Sotomayor
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Breyer
1-11



FAA v. Cooper 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Privacy Act of 1974  • sovereign immunity  • damages for mental or emotional distress Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Sotomayor
2-12



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 Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
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Kennedy
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Roberts
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Breyer
1-12



Rehberg v. Paulk 566 U.S. ___ (2012)

Section 1983  • absolute immunity for grand jury witnesses Unanimous
1-13



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

Court Interpreters Act  • document translation expenses as court costs awardable to prevailing parties Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Kagan
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Ginsburg
4-14



Elgin v. Department of Treasury 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Civil Service Reform Act of 1978  • Merit Systems Protection Board  • jurisdiction over constitutional claims by federal employees Ginsburg, Kagan
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Thomas
1-15



Williams v. Illinois 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Sixth Amendment  • Confrontation Clause  • expert testimony Roberts, Kennedy, Breyer
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Thomas
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Breyer
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Kagan
1-16



Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Fair Labor Standards Act  • exemption of outside salesmen from overtime regulations  • status of pharmaceutical sales representatives Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Breyer
1-17



Knox v. Service Employees 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

mootness due to voluntary cessation  • First Amendment  • compulsory fees for political lobbying by public sector agency shop Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas
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Sotomayor
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Breyer
3-18



Arizona v. United States 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

immigration  • federal preemption  • Arizona SB 1070
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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Thomas
4-19



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

Eighth Amendment  • Cruel and Unusual Punishment  • sentencing of juveniles to life without parole Scalia
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Kagan
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Breyer
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Roberts
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Thomas
5-20



Mount Soledad Memorial Assn. v. Trunk 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

First Amendment  • Establishment Clause  • religious monument on public land
Alito filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari.
4-21



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
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Signed jointly with Justices Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas.
4-22



United States v. Alvarez 567 U.S. ___ (2012)

Stolen Valor Act of 2005  • First Amendment  • freedom of speech  • protection of false statements Scalia, Thomas
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Kennedy
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Breyer

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