Murphy (formally Christie) v NCAA
ALITO, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J.,
and KENNEDY, THOMAS, KAGAN, and GORSUCH, JJ., joined, and in which
BREYER, J., joined as to all but Part VI–B. THOMAS, J., filed a concurring
opinion. BREYER, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting
in part. GINSBURG, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which SOTOMAYOR,
J., joined, and in which BREYER, J., joined in part.
This case has already been discussed in two other threads, so I will limit myself to saying that it is the correct decision from a federalism point of view and I am gratified that it is got 6 outright votes and a 7th partial vote, with Breyer concurring in part and dissenting in part.
Dahda v United States
BREYER, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which all other
Members joined, except GORSUCH, J., who took no part in the consideration
or decision of the cases.
This involved a District Judge’s order authorizing wiretaps that appeared to authorize wiretaps outside his territorial jurisdiction. The court held that this error did not invalidate the order as a whole. Gorsuch was recused as he was involved with this case at the 10th Circuit. I think the ruling here is reasonable.
McCoy v Louisiana
GINSBURG, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS,
C. J., and KENNEDY, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined.
ALITO, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which THOMAS and GORSUCH,
A defense attorney cannot concede a defendant’s guilt over the objection of the defendant. The Supreme Court had ordered the defendant’s conviction be vacated and that he receive a new trial. This was a death penalty case, so his death sentence has been, for the moment, vacated pending the new trial. Again, I agree with this decision.
Byrd v United States
KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court. THOMAS,
J., filed a concurring opinion, in which GORSUCH, J., joined. ALITO, J.,
filed a concurring opinion.
Just because the driver of a rental car is not on the rental car agreement does not defeat their reasonable expectation of privacy. Again, correct decision.
United States v Sanchez-Gomez
ROBERTS, C. J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.
Case dismissed as moot.
Additionally, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the following two cases: