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2007 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 six per curiam opinions during its 2007 term, which began October 1, 2007 and concluded September 30, 2008.[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.


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Allen v. SiebertEdit

Full caption:Richard F. Allen, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Corrections v. Daniel Siebert
Citations:552 U.S. 3
Full text of the opinion:official slip opinion

552 U.S. 3
Decided November 5, 2007.
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded.

The Court held that because Siebert's petition for state postconviction relief was rejected as untimely by the Alabama courts, it was not "properly filed" under §2244(d)(2). Accordingly, he was not entitled to tolling of AEDPA’s 1-year statute of limitations.

Stevens filed a dissent, which Ginsburg joined.

Arave v. HoffmanEdit

Full caption:Avron J. Arave, Warden v. Maxwell Hoffman
Citations:552 U.S. 117
Full text of the opinion:official slip opinion

552 U.S. 117
Decided January 7, 2008.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded.

Wright v. Van PattenEdit

Full caption:Randall Wright, Sheriff, Shawano County, Wisconsin v. Joseph L. Van Patten
Citations:552 U.S. 120
Full text of the opinion:official slip opinion

552 U.S. 120
Decided January 7, 2008.
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded.

Stevens filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.

Medellín v. TexasEdit

Full caption:Jose Ernesto Medellin v. Texas
Citations:554 U.S. 759
Prior history:Medellín v. State, No. 71,997 (Tex. Crim. App., May 16, 1997); petition denied, S.D. Tex.; certificate of appealability denied, 371 F.3d 270 (5th Cir. 2004); cert. granted, 543 U.S. 1032 (2005); cert. dismissed, 544 U.S. 660 (2005) (per curiam) (Medellín I); Ex parte Medellín, 223 S.W. 3d 315 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006); cert. granted Ex parte Medellín, 550 U.S. 917 (2007); aff'd, 552 U.S. 491 (2008) (Medellín II)
Full text of the opinion:official slip opinion

554 U.S. 759
Decided August 5, 2008.
The Court denied the petitioner's application for stay of execution of sentence of death, and his petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer each filed dissents.


  1. ^ Descriptions of two decisions have been omitted. Both Board of Ed. of City School Dist. of New York v. Tom F., 552 U.S. 1 (2007), and Warner-Lambert Co. v. Kent, 552 U.S. 440 (2007), merely noted that the lower court's judgment was affirmed by an equally divided Court.