2002 term opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The 2002 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 7, 2002 and concluded October 5, 2003. The table illustrates which opinion was filed by each justice in each case and which justices joined each opinion.[1]

Table keyEdit


Delivered the Court's opinion

Joined the Court's opinion

Filed a concurrence

Joined a concurrence

Filed a dissent

Joined a dissent

Filed a concurrence/dissent

Joined a concurrence/dissent

Did not participate in the decision
  • Decisions that do not note an argument date were decided without oral argument. Decisions that do not note a Justice delivering the Court's opinion are per curiam.
  • Multiple concurrences and dissents within a case are numbered, with joining votes numbered accordingly. Justices frequently join multiple opinions in a single case; each vote is subdivided accordingly.
  • An asterisk ( * ) in the Court's opinion denotes that it was only a majority in part or a plurality. An asterisk in a joining vote denotes that the justice joined it only in part.
  • A dash ( - ) denotes that the Justice voted without filing or joining an opinion.

2002 term opinionsEdit

# Case name and citation Argued Decided Rehnquist Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer
1 Ford Motor Co. v. McCauley,[2] 537 U.S. 1October 7, 2002October 15, 2002
2 Early v. Packer, 537 U.S. 3November 4, 2002
3 INS v. Ventura, 537 U.S. 12November 4, 2002
4 Woodford v. Visciotti, 537 U.S. 19November 4, 2002
5 Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. v. Henson, 537 U.S. 28October 15, 2002November 5, 2002
6 Yellow Transportation, Inc. v. Michigan, 537 U.S. 36October 7, 2002November 5, 2002
7 Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine, 537 U.S. 51October 15, 2002December 3, 2002
8 United States v. Bean, 537 U.S. 71October 16, 2002December 10, 2002
9 Howsam v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 537 U.S. 79October 9, 2002December 10, 2002
10 Abdur'Rahman v. Bell, 537 U.S. 88November 6, 2002December 10, 2002
11 Borden Ranch Partnership v. Army Corps of Engineers,[3] 537 U.S. 99December 16, 2002
12 Sattazahn v. Pennsylvania, 537 U.S. 101November 4, 2002January 14, 2003
*
*
*
13 Pierce County v. Guillen, 537 U.S. 129November 4, 2002January 14, 2003
14 Barnhart v. Peabody Coal Co., 537 U.S. 149October 8, 2002January 15, 2003
1
1
12
15 Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186October 9, 2002January 15, 2003
1
2
16 United States v. Jimenez Recio, 537 U.S. 270November 12, 2002January 21, 2003
17 Meyer v. Holley, 537 U.S. 280December 3, 2002January 22, 2003
18 FCC v. NextWave Personal Communications, Inc., 537 U.S. 293October 8, 2002January 27, 2003
*
19 Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322October 16, 2002February 25, 2003
20 Wa. Dept. of Social and Health Servs. v. Guardianship Estate of Keffeler, 537 U.S. 371December 3, 2002February 25, 2003
21 Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc., 537 U.S. 393December 4, 2002February 26, 2003
22 Moseley v. V Secret Catalogue, Inc., 537 U.S. 418November 12, 2002March 4, 2003
*
23 Boeing Co. v. United States, 537 U.S. 437December 9, 2002March 4, 2003
24 United States v. White Mountain Apache Tribe, 537 U.S. 465December 2, 2002March 4, 2003
25 United States v. Navajo Nation, 537 U.S. 488December 2, 2002March 4, 2003
26 Clay v. United States, 537 U.S. 522January 13, 2003March 4, 2003
27 Connecticut Dept. of Public Safety v. Doe, 538 U.S. 1November 13, 2002March 5, 2003
1
2
3
3
28 Ewing v. California, 538 U.S. 11November 5, 2002March 5, 2003
12
*
1
12
2
12
12
29 Lockyer v. Andrade, 538 U.S. 63November 5, 2002March 5, 2003
30 Smith v. Doe, 538 U.S. 84November 13, 2002March 5, 2003
1
1
2
2
2
31 Cook County v. United States ex rel Chandler, 538 U.S. 119January 14, 2003March 10, 2003
32 Norfolk & Western R. Co. v. Ayers, 538 U.S. 135November 6, 2002March 10, 2003
*1
*1
*1
*12
33 Cuyahoga Falls v. Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, 538 U.S. 188January 21, 2003March 25, 2003
34 Woodford v. Garceau, 538 U.S. 202January 21, 2003March 25, 2003
35 Brown v. Legal Foundation of Washington, 538 U.S. 216December 9, 2002March 26, 2003
1
1
12
1
36 Branch v. Smith, 538 U.S. 254December 10, 2002March 31, 2003
*12*
*
*
2
*12*
*
*12*
37 Archer v. Warner, 538 U.S. 314January 13, 2003March 31, 2003
38 Kentucky Assn. of Health Plans, Inc. v. Miller, 538 U.S. 329January 14, 2003April 2, 2003
39 Virginia v. Black, 538 U.S. 343December 11, 2002April 7, 2003
*
*1
2
2
1*
2
40 PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. v. Book, 538 U.S. 401February 24, 2003April 7, 2003
41 State Farm Mut. Automobile Ins. Co. v. Campbell, 538 U.S. 408December 11, 2002April 7, 2003
1
2
3
42 Clackamas Gastroenterology Associates, P.C. v. Wells, 538 U.S. 440February 25, 2003April 22, 2003
43 Jinks v. Richland County, 538 U.S. 456March 5, 2003April 22, 2003
44 Dole Food Co. v. Patrickson, 538 U.S. 468January 22, 2003April 22, 2003
*
*
45 Franchise Tax Bd. of Cal. v. Hyatt, 538 U.S. 488February 24, 2003April 23, 2003
46 Massaro v. United States, 538 U.S. 500February 25, 2003April 23, 2003
47 Demore v. Kim, 538 U.S. 510January 15, 2003April 29, 2003
*1
*1
*1
2
*1
*1
*1
*2
48 Roell v. Withrow, 538 U.S. 580February 26, 2003April 29, 2003
49 Illinois ex rel. Madigan v. Telemarketing Assoc., Inc., 538 U.S. 600March 3, 2003May 5, 2003
50 Kaupp v. Texas, 538 U.S. 626May 5, 2003
51 Price v. Vincent, 538 U.S. 634April 21, 2003May 19, 2003
52 Pharmaceutical Research and Mfrs. of America v. Walsh, 538 U.S. 644January 22, 2003May 19, 2003
*
*
*
1
*
2
*3
53 Breuer v. Jim's Concrete of Brevard, Inc., 538 U.S. 691April 2, 2003May 19, 2003
54 Inyo County v. Pauite-Shoshone Indians of Bishop Community of Bishop Colony, 538 U.S. 701March 31, 2003May 19, 2003
55 Los Angeles v. David, 538 U.S. 715May 19, 2003
56 Nevada Dept. of Human Resources v. Hibbs, 538 U.S. 721January 15, 2003May 27, 2003
1
12
2
2
2
2
2
57 Chavez v. Martinez, 538 U.S. 760December 4, 2002May 27, 2003
1
2*12
1*
1*
2*2
2*
1*
2*2*3
2
58 National Park Hospitality Assn. v. Department of Interior, 538 U.S. 803March 4, 2003May 27, 2003
59 Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord, 538 U.S. 822April 28, 2003May 27, 2003
60 Bunkley v. Florida, 538 U.S. 835May 27, 2003
61 Beneficial National Bank v. Anderson, 539 U.S. 1April 30, 2003June 2, 2003
62 Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 539 U.S. 23April 2, 2003June 2, 2003
63 Entergy La., Inc. v. Louisiana Pub. Serv. Comm'n, 539 U.S. 39April 28, 2003June 2, 2003
64 Citizens Bank v. Alafabco, Inc., 539 U.S. 52June 2, 2003
65 Hillside Dairy, Inc. v. Lyons, 539 U.S. 59April 22, 2003June 9, 2003
*
66 Nguyen v. United States, 539 U.S. 69March 24, 2003June 9, 2003
67 Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa, 539 U.S. 90April 21, 2003June 9, 2003
68 Fitzgerald v. Racing Association of Central Iowa, 539 U.S. 103April 29, 2003June 9, 2003
69 Dow Chemical Co. v. Stephenson,[4] 539 U.S. 111February 26, 2003June 9, 2003
70 Virginia v. Hicks, 539 U.S. 113April 30, 2003June 16, 2003
71 Overton v. Bazzetta, 539 U.S. 126March 26, 2003June 16, 2003
1
2
1
2
1
1
72 Federal Election Commission v. Beaumont, 539 U.S. 146March 25, 2003June 16, 2003
73 Sell v. United States, 539 U.S. 166March 3, 2003June 16, 2003
74 United States v. American Library Association, Inc., 539 U.S. 194March 5, 2003June 23, 2003
*
1
1
2
2
2
75 Gratz v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 244April 1, 2003June 23, 2003
1
1
123
2
2*3
1*33*
76 Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306April 1, 2003June 23, 2003
1
*12*1
12
*121
77 American Insurance Association v. Garamendi, 539 U.S. 296April 23, 2003June 23, 2003
78 Green Tree Financial Corp. v. Bazzle, 539 U.S. 444April 22, 2003June 23, 2003
1
1
1
2
*
79 Georgia v. Ashcroft, 539 U.S. 461April 29, 2003June 26, 2003
1
2
80 Wiggins v. Smith, 539 U.S. 510March 24, 2003June 26, 2003
81 Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558March 26, 2003June 26, 2003
1
1
12
82 Stogner v. California, 539 U.S. 607March 31, 2003June 26, 2003
83 Nike, Inc. v. Kasky, 539 U.S. 654April 23, 2003June 26, 2003
2
1
*
2
# Case name and citation Argued Decided Rehnquist Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer

2002 term membership and statisticsEdit

This was the seventeenth term of Chief Justice Rehnquist's tenure, and the ninth consecutive term in which the Court's membership had not changed.

Justice Appointment history Agreement with judgment Opinions filed
Seniority Name President Date confirmed % # Total
Chief Justice William Rehnquist Richard Nixon[5] January 7, 1972 88% 73/83 8 0 0 4 12
Associate Justice John Paul Stevens Gerald Ford December 19, 1975 78% 64/82 9 11 3 7 30
Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Ronald Reagan September 25, 1981 87.8% 72/82 9 6 2 0 17
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia Ronald Reagan September 26, 1986 79.5% 66/83 8 7 2 8 25
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy Ronald Reagan February 18, 1988 84.1% 69/82 7 6 2 5 20
Associate Justice David Souter George H. W. Bush October 9, 1990 88% 73/83 9 5 2 6 22
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas George H. W. Bush October 23, 1991 73.2% 60/82 7 7 2 11 27
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bill Clinton August 10, 1993 81.9% 68/83 7 3 1 6 17
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer Bill Clinton August 3, 1994 80.5% 66/82 8 3 3 5 19
Totals
72 48 17 52 189


NotesEdit

  1. ^ One decree the Court included in its list of bench opinions for the term has been omitted: Kansas v. Nebraska, 538 U.S. 720 (2003), a per curiam decree approving the parties' settlement.
  2. ^ The Court in Ford Motor Co. dismissed certiorari as improvidently granted.
  3. ^ The Court in Borden Ranch stated only that the lower court's judgment was affirmed by an equally divided Court.
  4. ^ Dow Chemical summarily vacated and remanded the lower court in part for further consideration in light of Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. v. Henson, 537 U.S. 28 (2002); the decision noted that the judgment was otherwise affirmed by an equally divided Court.
  5. ^ Rehnquist was initially appointed by Nixon to the Court as an Associate Justice. He was subsequently appointed to serve as Chief Justice by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed in that position September 26, 1986.

ReferencesEdit

  • "2002 Opinions of the Court". Supreme Court of the United States. Archived from the original on February 2, 2004. Retrieved December 30, 2016.