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June 25, 2007

Five Decisions From Supreme Court

Filed under: Politics,Supreme Court — acepundit @ 9:43 am

The Supreme Court was active today and released five decisions in its final week of the term. The most anticipated case involving school and race will probably be decided Thursday. This thread will be continuously updated as the details come in. Today the Right will be cheering over the lot of 5-4 outcomes.

Update: Here are the links to the decisions as well as the voting breakdown. Not a good day for Stevens and Ginsburg going 0-5.

NAHB v. Defenders of Wildlife
Decision: 5-4
Majority: Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito (opinion)
Minority: Stevens (dissent), Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer (dissent)

Summary: The endangered species law takes a back seat to the clean water law when it comes to the EPA handing authority to a state to issue water pollution permits. Solid win for land developers.

Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation
Decision: 5-4
Majority: Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito (opinion)
Minority: Stevens, Souter (dissent), Ginsburg, Breyer

Summary: Taxpayers don’t have standing to challenge President Bush’s faith-based initiatives that send money to religious organizations in court. Taxpayers in this case “set out a parade of horribles that they claim could occur” unless the court stopped the Bush administration initiative, wrote Justice Samuel Alito. “Of course, none of these things has happened.”

Wilkie v. Robbins
Decision: 7-2
Majority: Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter (opinion), Thomas, Breyer, Alito
Minority: Stevens, Ginsburg (dissent)

Summary: Government employees carrying out their official duties (not for personal benefit) are not subject to damage claims against them personally based on a lawsuit asserting that they violated the RICO anti-racketeering law or private property rights.

Morse v. Frederick
Decision: 5-4
Majority: Roberts (opinion), Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
Minority: Stevens (dissent), Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer

Summary: School acted appropriately when it suspended a student for displaying a “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” banner. Student was not covered by First Amendment protection because his banner was found to be promoting drug use.

FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life
Decision: 5-4
Majority: Roberts (opinion), Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
Minority: Stevens, Souter (dissent), Ginsburg, Breyer

Summary: In a less-than-lethal blow to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, a Wisconsin anti-abortion group had a First Amendment right to air ads during the final two months before the 2004 elections. The court said the law unreasonably limits speech and violates the First Amendment.

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1 Comment »

  1. Even as a voter leaning to the right of center, some of these decisions give me pause.

    Comment by jeanie — June 26, 2007 @ 3:32 pm | Reply


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