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2005 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

The 2005 term of the Supreme Court of the United States began October 3, 2005, and concluded October 1, 2006. This was the fifteenth term of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas's tenure on the Court. Clarence Thomas official SCOTUS portrait.jpg
Clarence Thomas 2005 term statistics
8
Majority or Plurality
2
Concurrence
0
Other
8
Dissent
2
Concurrence/dissent Total = 20
Bench opinions = 19 Opinions relating to orders = 1 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous opinions: 3 Most joined by: Scalia (13) Least joined by: O'Connor (2)[1]
Type Case Citation Issues Joined by Other opinions
101



Wagnon v. Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation 546 U.S. 95 (2005)

Roberts, Stevens, O'Connor, Scalia, Souter, Breyer
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Ginsburg
402



Gonzales v. Oregon 546 U.S. 243 (2006)

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Kennedy
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Scalia
403



Central Virginia Community College v. Katz 546 U.S. 356 (2006)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy
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Stevens
104



Unitherm Food Systems, Inc. v. Swift-Eckrich, Inc. 546 U.S. 394 (2006)

Roberts, O'Connor, Scalia, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
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Stevens
Alito did not participate.
405



Buckeye Check Cashing, Inc. v. Cardegna 546 U.S. 440 (2006)

Whether illegality of contract under state law precludes arbitration clause
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Scalia
Thomas reiterated his belief that the Federal Arbitration Act does not preclude state law.
406



Dolan v. United States Postal Service 546 U.S. 481 (2006)

Statutory immunity of USPS from suit
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Kennedy
107



Texaco, Inc. v. Dagher 547 U.S. 1 (2006)

antitrust  • applicability to joint ventures Unanimous
408



Georgia v. Randolph 547 U.S. 103 (2006)

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Souter
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Stevens
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Breyer
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Roberts
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Scalia
109



Northern Ins. Co. of N.Y. v. Chatham County 547 U.S. 189 (2006)

U.S. Const. amend. XI  • Sovereign immunity of counties Unanimous
410



Jones v. Flowers 547 U.S. 220 (2006)

Due process  • U.S. Const. amend. XIV  • notice requirements to property owner prior to tax sale Scalia, Kennedy
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Roberts
111



eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, L.L.C. 547 U.S. 388 (2006)

patent law Unanimous
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Roberts
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Kennedy
312



Anza v. Ideal Steel Supply Corp. 547 U.S. 451 (2006)

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Kennedy
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Scalia
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Breyer
Thomas also joined the majority in part.
313



Davis v. Washington 547 U.S. 813 (2006)

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Scalia
114



Samson v. California 547 U.S. 843 (2006)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Alito
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Stevens
415



Rangel-Reyes v. United States 547 U.S. 1200 (2006)

Rights of the accused  • U.S. Const. amend. VI  • right to a jury trial
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Thomas dissented from the denial of certiorari, which he thought should be granted so the Court could rule that the fact of a prior conviction, when an element of a crime, should be decided by a jury. Thomas believed this exception to the Apprendi rule was not found within the Constitution itself, but only derived from prior precedent that a majority of the Court no longer supported. "The Court’s duty to resolve this matter is particularly compelling, because we are the only court authorized to do so. And until we do so, countless criminal defendants will be denied the full protection afforded by the Fifth and Sixth Amendments, notwithstanding the agreement of a majority of the Court that this result is unconstitutional. There is no good reason to allow such a state of affairs to persist."
116



Kansas v. Marsh 548 U.S. 163 (2006)

death penalty Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito
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Scalia
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Stevens
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Souter
117



Washington v. Recuenco 548 U.S. 212 (2006)

Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Breyer, Alito
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Kennedy
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Stevens
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Ginsburg
218



Randall v. Sorrell 548 U.S. 230 (2006)

Scalia
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Breyer
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Kennedy
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Alito
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Stevens
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Souter
219



Beard v. Banks 548 U.S. 521 (2006)

Scalia
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Breyer
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Stevens
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Ginsburg
420



Hamdan v. Rumsfeld 548 U.S. 557 (2006)

Habeas corpus  • presidential authority to try prisoners in military commissions Scalia; Alito (in part)
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Kennedy
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Breyer
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Scalia
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Alito

Notes

  1. ^ Justice O'Connor retired January 31, 2006. Of the justices who participated the entire term, Justice Stevens joined the fewest of Thomas's opinions, with four.

References

  • 2005 Term Opinions of the Court, Supreme Court of the United States, archived from the original on May 16, 2012, retrieved December 15, 2016.
  • 2005 Term Opinions Relating to Orders, Supreme Court of the United States, archived from the original on May 27, 2010, retrieved December 15, 2016.
  • 2005 Term In-Chambers Opinions, Supreme Court of the United States, archived from the original on May 16, 2012, retrieved December 15, 2016.