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June 16, 2011

Very big criminal justice morning from SCOTUS...

which perhaps was inevitable because I am on the road with limited on-line time.  In any event, thanks to How Appealing, I can quickly cut/paste the highlights:

Justice Kagan delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court in Tapia v. United States, No. 10-5400. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a concurring opinion, in which Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. joined....

Justice Sotomayor delivered the opinion of the Court in J.D.B. v. North Carolina, No. 09-11121. Justice Alito issued a dissenting opinion, in which the Chief Justice and Justices Antonin Scalia and Thomas joined....

Justice Alito delivered the opinion of the Court in Davis v. United States, No. 09-11328. Justice Stephen G. Breyer issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined.

And Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court in Bond v. United States, No. 09-1227. Justice Ginsburg issued a concurring opinion, in which Justice Breyer joined.

Tapia is the only hard-core sentencing opinion (in a case in which I helped out the court-appointed amicus), and I should have lots of posts about the ruling later today.  But the outcomes and voting and opinions in these other cases ought also interest anyone who following the Supreme Court's criminal justice work.  I look forward to finding time the rest of this week to comment on all these rulings.  In the meantime, I hope commentors will chine in.

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J.D.B. is a very big case, and marks a substantive change in Miranda jurisprudence. Congrats to Barbara Blackman with the NC Appellate Defender's office for a big win in North Carolina's first criminal case before the US Supreme Court in twenty years.

Posted by: NCProsecutor | Jun 16, 2011 1:09:39 PM

After Sotomayor's dissent in Thompkins and now her opinion for the Court in J.D.B., perhaps a few Miranda-related questions during her confirmation hearing would have been wise...

Posted by: JM | Jun 16, 2011 3:19:18 PM

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