2003 term opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States

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The 2003 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 6, 2003 and concluded October 3, 2004. The table illustrates which opinion was filed by each justice in each case and which justices joined each opinion.

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.

2003 term opinionsEdit

# Case name and citation Argued Decided Rehnquist Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer
1 Yarborough v. Gentry, 540 U.S. 1October 20, 2003
2 Mitchell v. Esparza, 540 U.S. 12November 3, 2003
3 Barnhart v. Thomas, 540 U.S. 20October 14, 2003November 12, 2003
4 United States v. Banks, 540 U.S. 31October 15, 2003December 2, 2003
5 Raytheon Co. v. Hernandez, 540 U.S. 44October 8, 2003December 2, 2003
6 Virginia v. Maryland, 540 U.S. 56October 7, 2003December 9, 2003
12
12
7 McConnell v. Federal Election Commission,[1] 540 U.S. 93September 8, 2003December 10, 2003
221
12*32
123
212*3*1
221
123
2*2*3
12*32
12*32
8 Maryland v. Pringle, 540 U.S. 366November 3, 2003December 15, 2003
9 Castro v. United States, 540 U.S. 375October 15, 2003December 15, 2003
*
*
10 SEC v. Edwards, 540 U.S. 389November 4, 2003January 13, 2004
11 Verizon Comm., Inc. v. Law Offices of Curtis V. Trinko, LLP, 540 U.S. 398October 14, 2003January 13, 2004
12 Illinois v. Lidster, 540 U.S. 419November 5, 2003January 13, 2004
*
*
*
13 Frew v. Hawkins, 540 U.S. 431October 7, 2003January 14, 2004
14 Kontrick v. Ryan, 540 U.S. 443November 3, 2003January 14, 2004
15 Alaska Dep't of Envtl. Conservation v. EPA, 540 U.S. 461October 8, 2003January 21, 2004
16 Fellers v. United States, 540 U.S. 519December 10, 2003January 26, 2004
17 Lamie v. United States Trustee, 540 U.S. 526November 10, 2003January 26, 2004
*
18 Illinois v. Fisher, 540 U.S. 544February 23, 2004
19 Groh v. Ramirez, 540 U.S. 551November 4, 2003February 24, 2004
12*
2
1
2
20 General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc. v. Cline, 540 U.S. 581November 12, 2003February 24, 2004
1
2
2
21 Doe v. Chao, 540 U.S. 614December 3, 2003February 24, 2004
1
*
1
12
22 Olympic Airways v. Husain, 540 U.S. 644November 12, 2003February 24, 2004
*
23 Banks v. Dretke, 540 U.S. 668December 8, 2003February 24, 2004
*
*
24 Locke v. Davey, 540 U.S. 712December 2, 2003February 25, 2004
1
12
25 United States Postal Serv. v. Flamingo Indus. (USA) Ltd., 540 U.S. 736December 1, 2003February 25, 2004
26 Muhammad v. Close, 540 U.S. 749December 1, 2003February 25, 2004
27 Raymond B. Yates, M.D., P.C. Profit Sharing Plan v. Hendon, 541 U.S. 1January 13, 2004March 2, 2004
1
2
28 Baldwin v. Reese, 541 U.S. 27December 8, 2003March 2, 2004
29 Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36November 10, 2003March 8, 2004
30 Iowa v. Tovar, 541 U.S. 77January 21, 2004March 8, 2004
31 S. Fla. Water Mgmt. Dist. v. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, 541 U.S. 95January 14, 2004March 23, 2004
*
32 United States v. Galletti, 541 U.S. 114January 12, 2004March 23, 2004
33 Nixon v. Missouri Municipal League, 541 U.S. 125January 12, 2004March 24, 2004
34 United States v. Flores-Montano, 541 U.S. 149February 25, 2004March 30, 2004
35 Nat'l Archives & Records Admin. v. Favish, 541 U.S. 157December 3, 2003March 30, 2004
36 BedRoc Ltd., LLC v. United States, 541 U.S. 176January 20, 2004March 31, 2004
*
37 United States v. Lara, 541 U.S. 193January 21, 2004April 19, 2004
1
2
3
38 Household Credit Servs. v. Pfennig, 541 U.S. 232February 23, 2004April 21, 2004
39 Engine Mfrs. Ass'n v. S. Coast Air Quality Mgmt. Dist., 541 U.S. 246January 14, 2004April 28, 2004
40 Vieth v. Jubelirer, 541 U.S. 267December 10, 2003April 28, 2004
1
*
2
2
3
41 Jones v. R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 541 U.S. 369February 24, 2004May 3, 2004
42 Dretke v. Haley, 541 U.S. 386March 2, 2004May 3, 2004
1
12
1
43 Scarborough v. Principi, 541 U.S. 401February 23, 2004May 3, 2004
44 Johnson v. California, 541 U.S. 428March 30, 2004May 3, 2004
45 Middleton v. McNeil, 541 U.S. 433May 3, 2004
46 Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. v. Hood, 541 U.S. 440March 1, 2004May 17, 2004
47 Till v. SCS Credit Corp., 541 U.S. 465December 2, 2003May 17, 2004
*
48 Tennessee v. Lane, 541 U.S. 509January 13, 2004May 17, 2004
1
2
1
12
13
12
2
49 Grupo Dataflux v. Atlas Global Group, L.P., 541 U.S. 567March 3, 2004May 17, 2004
50 Sabri v. United States, 541 U.S. 600March 3, 2004May 17, 2004
*1
*1
2
51 Thornton v. United States, 541 U.S. 615March 31, 2004May 24, 2004
*
*1
2
2
52 Nelson v. Campbell, 541 U.S. 637March 29, 2004May 24, 2004
53 Yarborough v. Alvarado, 541 U.S. 652March 1, 2004June 1, 2004
54 Republic of Austria v. Altmann, 541 U.S. 677February 25, 2004June 7, 2004
1
2
2
55 Central Laborers' Pension Fund v. Heinz, 541 U.S. 739April 19, 2004June 7, 2004
56 DOT v. Pub. Citizen, 541 U.S. 752April 21, 2004June 7, 2004
57 City of Littleton v. Z. J. Gifts D-4, L.L.C., 541 U.S. 774March 24, 2004June 7, 2004
*1
2
*3
*3
58 Elk Grove Unified Sch. Dist. v. Newdow, 542 U.S. 1March 24, 2004June 14, 2004
1
12
1*3
59 Norton v. S. Utah Wilderness Alliance, 542 U.S. 55March 29, 2004June 14, 2004
60 United States v. Dominguez Benitez, 542 U.S. 74April 21, 2004June 14, 2004
61 Hibbs v. Winn, 542 U.S. 88January 20, 2004June 14, 2004
62 Pennsylvania State Police v. Suders, 542 U.S. 129March 31, 2004June 14, 2004
63 F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd v. Empagran S. A., 542 U.S. 155April 26, 2004June 14, 2004
64 Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, 542 U.S. 177March 22, 2004June 21, 2004
1
2
2
2
65 Aetna Health Inc. v. Davila, 542 U.S. 200March 23, 2004June 21, 2004
66 Pliler v. Ford, 542 U.S. 225April 26, 2004June 21, 2004
1
2
1
1
12
67 Intel Corp. v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., 542 U.S. 241April 20, 2004June 21, 2004
68 Tennard v. Dretke, 542 U.S. 274March 22, 2004June 24, 2004
1
2
3
69 Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296March 23, 2004June 24, 2004
1*
13
1*2
123
70 Schriro v. Summerlin, 542 U.S. 348April 19, 2004June 24, 2004
71 Cheney v. United States District Court, 542 U.S. 367April 27, 2004June 24, 2004
*
*
72 Beard v. Banks, 542 U.S. 406February 24, 2004June 24, 2004
1
12
12
1
73 Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426April 28, 2004June 28, 2004
74 Rasul v. Bush, 542 U.S. 466April 20, 2004June 28, 2004
75 Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 507April 28, 2004June 28, 2004
1
*
1
2
76 Missouri v. Seibert, 542 U.S. 600December 9, 2003June 28, 2004
1
*
2
77 United States v. Patane, 542 U.S. 630December 9, 2003June 28, 2004
1
1
*
1
2
78 Holland v. Jackson, 542 U.S. 649June 28, 2004
-
-
-
-
79 Ashcroft v. American Civil Liberties Union, 542 U.S. 656March 2, 2004June 29, 2004
2
2
1
2
80 Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692March 30, 2004June 29, 2004
*1
*1
*1
*2
*23
# Case name and citation Argued Decided Rehnquist Stevens O'Connor Scalia Kennedy Souter Thomas Ginsburg Breyer

2003 term membership and statisticsEdit

This was the eighteenth term of Chief Justice Rehnquist's tenure, and the tenth 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[2] January 7, 1972 85% 68/80 9 2 0 3 14
Associate Justice John Paul Stevens Gerald Ford December 19, 1975 76.3% 61/80 8 9 1 11 29
Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Ronald Reagan September 25, 1981 93.6% 73/78 8 4 0 2 14
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia Ronald Reagan September 26, 1986 74.7% 59/79 9 10 2 9 30
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy Ronald Reagan February 18, 1988 86.3% 69/80 8 7 1 7 23
Associate Justice David Souter George H. W. Bush October 9, 1990 78.5% 62/79 9 3 1 5 18
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas George H. W. Bush October 23, 1991 78.8% 63/80 9 6 3 9 27
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bill Clinton August 10, 1993 80% 64/80 9 3 0 4 16
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer Bill Clinton August 3, 1994 80.8% 63/78 7 5 0 10 22
Totals
75 49 8 60 192


NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Court in McConnell issued three majority opinions, each dealing with separate issues of the case: one jointly authored by Justices Stevens and O'Connor, one authored by Chief Justice Rehnquist, and one authored by Justice Breyer.
  2. ^ 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

  • "2003 Term Opinions of the Court". Supreme Court of the United States. Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2016.