2000 term per curiam opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The Supreme Court of the United States handed down nine per curiam opinions during its 2000 term, which began October 2, 2000 and concluded September 30, 2001.[1]

Because per curiam decisions are issued from the Court as an institution, these opinions all lack the attribution of authorship or joining votes to specific justices. All justices on the Court at the time the decision was handed down are assumed to have participated and concurred unless otherwise noted.

Court membership[edit]

Chief Justice: William Rehnquist

Associate Justices: John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer

Sinkfield v. Kelley[edit]

Full caption: Darryl Sinkfield, et al. v. Peggy C. Kelley, et al.
Citations: 531 U.S. 28; 121 S. Ct. 446; L. Ed. 2d 329; 2000 U.S. LEXIS 8081
Prior history: Injunction granted, 96 F. Supp. 2d 1301 (M.D. Ala. 2000)

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531 U.S. 28
Decided November 27, 2000..
Middle District of Alabama vacated and remanded.

The Court held that the appellees lacked standing under Hays because they neither alleged nor produced any evidence that any of them was assigned to his or her district as a direct result of having personally been subjected to a racial classification

Alabama voters residing in majority-white districts adjacent to majority-minority districts. All of the districts were created under a state redistricting plan whose purpose was maximizing the number of majority-minority districts. Appellants are a group of African-American voters, whose initial state lawsuit resulted in the adoption of the plan at issue, and state officials. Appellees brought suit in Federal District Court challenging their own districts as the products of unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.

Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board[edit]

Full caption: George W. Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, et al.
Citations: 531 U.S. 70; 121 S. Ct. 471; 148 L. Ed. 2d 366; 2000 U.S. LEXIS 8087; 69 U.S.L.W. 4020; 2000 Cal. Daily Op. Service 9599; 14 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 19
Prior history: Motion denied, Fla. Cir. Ct., Nov. 17, 2000; matter certified to Florida Supreme Court, Fla. Ct. App.; sub nom. Palm Beach County Canvassing Bd. v. Harris, 772 So. 2d 1220 (Fla. 2000); cert. granted, 531 U.S. 1004 (2000)
Laws applied: U.S. Const. art. II; U.S. Const. amend. XIV; 3 U.S.C. § 5

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531 U.S. 70
Argued December 1, 2000.
Decided December 4, 2000.
Supreme Court of Florida vacated and remanded.

Bush v. Gore[edit]

Full caption: George W. Bush and Richard Cheney v. Albert Gore, Jr., et al.
Citations: 531 U.S. 98; 121 S. Ct. 525; 148 L. Ed. 2d 388; 2000 U.S. LEXIS 8430; 69 U.S.L.W. 4029; 2000 Cal. Daily Op. Service 9879; 2000 Colo. J. C.A.R. 6606; 14 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 26
Prior history: Judgment for defendant, Fla. Cir. Ct.; matter certified to Florida Supreme Court, Fla. Ct. App.; aff'd in part, rev'd in part, sub nom. Palm Beach County Canvassing Bd. v. Harris, 772 So. 2d 1273 (2000); cert. granted, stay granted, 531 U.S. 1036 (2000)
Laws applied: U.S. Const. art. II; U.S. Const. amend. XIV; 3 U.S.C. § 5

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531 U.S. 98
Argued December 11, 2000.
Decided December 12, 2000.
Florida Supreme Court reversed and remanded.

Rehnquist filed a concurrence, joined by Scalia and Thomas. Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer each filed dissents.

Fiore v. White[edit]

Full caption: William Fiore v. Gregory White, Warden
Citations: 531 U.S. 225; 121 S.Ct. 712; 148 L.Ed.2d 629
Prior history: Petition granted, W.D. Penn.; rev'd, 149 F.3d 221 (3d Cir. 1998); question certified, 528 U.S. 23 (1999); reply to certified question, 757 A. 2d 842 (Pa. 2000)

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531 U.S. 225
Decided January 9, 2001.
Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded.

Ohio v. Reiner[edit]

Full caption: Ohio v. Matthew Reiner
Citations: 532 U.S. 17
Prior history: Defendant convicted; rev'd, Ohio Ct. App.; aff'd, 731 N.E. 2d 662 (Ohio )

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532 U.S. 17
Decided March 19, 2001.
Supreme Court of Ohio reversed and remanded.

The Court's opinion reiterated that the protection of the Fifth Amendment is for the innocent as well as the wrongdoer from Grunewald v. United States.

In Grunewald, we recognized that truthful responses of an innocent witness, as well as those of a wrongdoer, may provide the government with incriminating evidence from the speaker's own mouth.

Clark County School Dist. v. Breeden[edit]

Full caption: Clark County School Dist. v. Shirley A. Breeden
Citations: 532 U.S. 268
Prior history: Summary judgment granted to defendant, No. CV-S-97-365-DWH(RJJ) (D. Nev., Feb. 9, 1999); rev'd, No. 99-15522, 2000 WL 991821 (9th Cir. July 19, 2000) (per curiam) (unpublished); judgt. order reported at 232 F.3d 893 (9th Cir. 2000)

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532 U.S. 268
Decided April 23, 2001.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed.

Holding: Plaintiff's complaint about a report of a sex-related comment was not protected .No reasonable person could have believed that this particular single incident would violate Title VII standard.

Major League Baseball Players Assn. v. Garvey[edit]

Full caption: Major League Baseball Players Association v. Steve Garvey
Citations: 532 U.S. 504
Prior history: Motion to vacate arbitration award denied, No. CV-97-05643-WJR, C.D. Cal.; rev'd, sub nom. Garvey v. Roberts, 203 F. 3d 580 (9th Cir. 2000); on remand, case referred to arbitration, No. CV-97-05643-WJR, C.D. Cal.; rev'd, No. 00-56080, 2000 WL 1801383 (9th Cir. Dec. 7, 2000) (unpublished), judgt. order reported at 243 F.3d 547 (9th Cir. 2000)

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532 U.S. 504
Decided May 14, 2001.
Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded.

Ginsburg filed a concurrence. Stevens filed a dissent

The Court held that the lower court erred when it directed the judgment in favor of Garvey and overruled the arbitrator.

Major League Baseball Players Association (Association) filed grievances against the Major League Baseball Clubs (Clubs), claiming the Clubs had colluded in the market for free-agent services , in violation of the industry’s collective-bargaining agreement

Judicial review of a labor-arbitration decision pursuant to such an agreement is very limited. Courts are not authorized to review the arbitrator's decision on the merits despite allegations tha [sic] the decision rests on factual errors or misinterprets the parties' agreement.... It is only when the arbitrator strays from interpretation and application of the agreement and effectively 'dispenses his own brand of industrial justice' that his decision may be unenforceable

Arkansas v. Sullivan[edit]

Full caption: Arkansas v. Kenneth Andrew Sullivan
Citations: 532 U.S. 769
Prior history: Motion to suppress evidence granted; aff'd, 11 S.W. 3d 526 (Ark. 2000); aff'd on rehearing, 16 S.W. 3d 551 (Ark. 2000)

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532 U.S. 769
Decided May 29, 2001.
Supreme Court of Arkansas reversed and remanded.

Ginsburg filed a concurrence.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The description of one opinion has been omitted: in District of Columbia v. Tri County Industries, Inc., 531 U.S. 287 (2001), the Court dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.

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