2003 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 seven per curiam opinions during its 2003 term, which began October 6, 2003 and concluded October 3, 2004.

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

Yarborough v. Gentry[edit]

Full caption: Michael Yarborough, Warden v. Lionel E. Gentry
Citations: 540 U.S. 1; 124 S. Ct. 1; 157 L. Ed. 2d 1; 2003 U.S. LEXIS 7701; 72 U.S.L.W. 3278; 2003 Cal. Daily Op. Service 9167; 2003 Daily Journal DAR 11517; 16 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 479
Prior history: Petition denied, sub nom., Gentry v. Roe, C.D. Cal.; reversed, conviction vacated, 320 F.3d 891 (9th Cir. 2002)
Subsequent history: On remand, affirmed, sub nom., Gentry v. Roe, 381 F.3d 1219 (9th Cir. 2004)

Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

540 U.S. 1
Decided October 20, 2003.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed

Mitchell v. Esparza[edit]

Full caption: Betty Mitchell, Warden v. Gregory Esparza
Citations: 540 U.S. 12; 124 S. Ct. 7; 157 L. Ed. 2d 263; 2003 U.S. LEXIS 8191; 72 U.S.L.W. 3305; 2003 Cal. Daily Op. Service 9574; 17 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 1
Prior history: Petition granted, N.D. Ohio; affirmed, 310 F.3d 414 (6th Cir. 2002)
Subsequent history: Rehearing denied, 540 U.S. 1142 (2004)

Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

540 U.S. 12
Decided November 3, 2003.
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded

Illinois v. Fisher[edit]

Full caption: Illinois v. Gregory Fisher
Citations: 540 U.S. 544; 124 S. Ct. 1200; 157 L. Ed. 2d 1060; 2004 U.S. LEXIS 1412; 72 U.S.L.W. 3533; 17 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 144
Prior history: Defendant convicted, Cook County Circuit Court; reversed, Ill. App.; leave to appeal denied, 792 N.E.2d 310 (Ill. 2003)

Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

540 U.S. 544
Decided February 23, 2004.
Illinois Appellate Court reversed and remanded.

Stevens filed a concurring opinion.

Muhammad v. Close[edit]

Full caption: Shakur Muhammad, aka John E. Mease v. Mark Close
Citations: 540 U.S. 749; 124 S. Ct. 1303; 158 L. Ed. 2d 32; 2004 U.S. LEXIS 1627; 72 U.S.L.W. 4216; 17 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 171
Prior history: Judgment for defendant, E.D. Mich.; affirmed, 47 Fed. Appx. 738 (6th Cir.); cert. granted, 539 U.S. 925 (2003)
Subsequent history: On remand, reversed, 379 F.3d 413 (6th Cir. 2004)

Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

540 U.S. 749
Argued December 1, 2003.
Decided February 25, 2004.
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded

Johnson v. California[edit]

Full caption: Jay Shawn Johnson v. California
Citations: 541 U.S. 428; 124 S. Ct. 1833; 158 L. Ed. 2d 696; 2004 U.S. LEXIS 3380; 72 U.S.L.W. 4348; 17 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 264
Prior history: Defendant convicted, No. 96-0691-4, Contra Costa County Superior Court, California; reversed, 105 Cal. Rptr. 2d 727 (Cal. App. 2001); review granted, 26 P.3d 1039 (Cal. 2001); reversed, 71 P.3d 270 (Cal. 2003); cert. granted, 540 U.S. 1045
Subsequent history: On remand, review denied, No. S127602, 2004 Cal. LEXIS 10226 (Cal. Oct. 20, 2004); cert. granted, 543 U.S. 1042 (2005); reversed and remanded, 545 U.S. 162 (2005); on remand, remanded, 38 Cal. 4th 1096 (Cal. App. 2006)

Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

541 U.S. 428
Argued March 30, 2004.
Decided May 3, 2004.
The Court took the unusual step of dismissing the case per curiam for want of jurisdiction after it had already been briefed and argued.

Middleton v. McNeil[edit]

Full caption: Raymond L. Middleton, Warden v. Sallie Marie McNeil
Citations: 541 U.S. 433; 124 S. Ct. 1830; 158 L. Ed. 2d 701; 2004 U.S. LEXIS 3381; 72 U.S.L.W. 3687; 17 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 265
Prior history: Petition denied, C.D. Cal.; reversed, 344 F.3d 988 (9th Cir. 2003)

Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

541 U.S. 433
Decided May 3, 2004.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded.

Holland v. Jackson[edit]

Full caption: Flora Holland, Warden v. Jessie L. Jackson
Citations: 542 U.S. 649; 124 S. Ct. 2736; 159 L. Ed. 2d 683; 2004 U.S. LEXIS 4758; 72 U.S.L.W. 3766; 2004 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 474
Prior history: Habeas petition denied, M.D. Tenn.; reversed, 80 Fed. Appx. 392 (6th Cir. 2003)

Full text of the opinion: official slip opinion

542 U.S. 649
Decided June 28, 2004.
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded.

Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer would have denied certiorari.

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