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2005 term United States Supreme Court opinions of John Paul Stevens

The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice John Paul Stevens during the 2005 term of the Supreme Court of the United States, which lasted from October 3, 2005 until October 1, 2006. This was the thirty-first term of Stevens' tenure on the Court.
John Paul Stevens 2005 term statistics
Majority or Plurality
Concurrence/dissent Total = 30
Bench opinions = 28 Opinions relating to orders = 2 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous decisions: 4 Most joined by: Souter, Breyer (11) Least joined by: O'Connor, Alito (2)[1]
Case Issue Joined by

IPB, Inc. v. Alvarez
546 U.S. 21 (2005)

Schaffer v. Weast
546 U.S. 49 (2005)
Stevens joined O'Connor's 6-2 decision and filed a separate concurrence.

United States v. Georgia
546 U.S. 151 (2006)
Stevens also joined Scalia's unanimous opinion.

Volvo Trucks North America v. Reeder-Simco GMC
546 U.S. 164 (2006)

Evans v. Chavis
546 U.S. 189 (2006)
Stevens concurred in the judgment of Breyer's 8-justice opinion.

Brown v. Sanders
546 U.S. 212 (2006)
Stevens filed one of two dissents.

Central Virginia Community College v. Katz
546 U.S. 356 (2006)
O'Connor, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
Thomas filed a dissent.

Unitherm Food Systems, Inc. v. Swift-Eckrich, Inc.
546 U.S. 394 (2006)
Stevens dissented from Thomas' 7-2 decision.

Lance v. Dennis
546 U.S. 459 (2006)
Stevens dissented from the Court's per curiam opinion.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. v. Independent Ink, Inc.
547 U.S. 28 (2006)
Patents; antitrust Unanimous*
Stevens wrote for the Court that a patented product in a tying arrangement is not presumed to have market power for purposes of antitrust law.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Dabit
547 U.S. 71 (2006)
Securities regulation; federal preemption Unanimous*
Stevens wrote for the Court that the Securities Litigation Reform Act preempted state law holder claims, even though such claims could not be brought under federal law.

Georgia v. Randolph
547 U.S. 103 (2006)
Stevens joined Souter's 5-3 decision and filed a separate concurrence.

Day v. McDonough
547 U.S. 198 (2006)
Habeas corpus Breyer
Stevens filed one of two dissents from Ginsburg's 5-4 decision ruling that courts could dismiss a habeas petition filed outside the statute of limitations sua sponte. Though Stevens agreed with this interpretation, he dissented from the Court's decision to announce its judgment when a relevant case would be decided later in the term. The Court had recently granted certiorari in Lawrence v. Florida, a case which would answer the question of whether Day's petition was actually barred by the statute of limitations. Stevens wrote that "[i]t seems improvident to affirm a possibly erroneous Court of Appeals judgment that dismissed Day's habeas petition without an evaluation of its merits when we have already granted certiorari to address the issue on which the Court of Appeals may have erred." He suggested the lower court may still avoid a "miscarriage of justice" by keeping Day's case on its docket until after Lawrence is decided, "but it would be better practice for us to do so ourselves."

Ark. Dep't of Human Servs. v. Ahlborn
547 U.S. 268 (2006)
Medicaid Unanimous
Stevens wrote for the Court in ruling that a federal statutory prohibition against liens on personal property to recover Medicaid expenditures applied to settlements, so that only the portion of the settlement that represented payment for past medical expenses could be claimed by the state.

Marshall v. Marshall
547 U.S. 293 (2006)
Bankruptcy; jurisdiction

Brigham City v. Stuart
547 U.S. 398 (2006)
Stevens joined in Roberts' unanimous decision and filed a separate concurrence.

Garcetti v. Ceballos
547 U.S. 410 (2006)
Stevens filed one of three dissents from Kennedy's 5-4 decision, and also joined Souter's

Rapanos v. United States
547 U.S. 715 (2006)
Environmental regulation Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
Stevens filed one of two dissents from Scalia's plurality decision.

Samson v. California
547 U.S. 843 (2006)
Souter, Breyer
Stevens dissented from Thomas' 6-3 decision.

Moreland v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
547 U.S. 1106 (2006)
Statutory interpretation
Stevens filed a statement respecting the denial of certiorari, in which he clarified that the Court's action was not an endorsement of the lower court's interpretation of the federal sentencing provision for "good-time" credits.

Rangel-Reyes v. United States
547 U.S. 1200 (2006)
Rights of the accused: U.S. Const. amend. VI: right to a jury trial
Stevens filed a statement respecting the Court's denial of certiorari in which he expressed that he still believed Almendarez-Torres v. United States, 523 U. S. 224 (1998), was wrongly decided, but "that is not a sufficient reason for revisiting the issue" in light of stare decisis. "The denial of a jury trial on the narrow issues of fact concerning a defendant’s prior conviction history, unlike the denial of a jury trial on other issues of fact that give rise tomandatory minimum sentences will seldom create any significant risk of prejudice to the accused." Thomas filed a dissent from the denial of cert., believing that Almendarez-Torres should be overruled.

Dixon v. United States
548 U.S. 1 (2006)
Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito
Breyer filed a dissent.

Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales
548 U.S. 30 (2006)
Stevens dissented from Souter's otherwise unanimous decision.

Woodford v. Ngo
548 U.S. 81 (2006)
Souter, Ginsburg
Stevens dissented from Alito's decision.

Kansas v. Marsh
548 U.S. 163 (2006)
Death penalty
Stevens filed one of two dissents from Thomas' 5-4 decision, and joined Souter's.

Washington v. Recuenco
548 U.S. 212 (2006)
Stevens filed one of two dissents from Thomas' 7-2 decision, and joined Souter's.

League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry
548 U.S. 399 (2006)
Electoral redistricting Breyer (in part)

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

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

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
548 U.S. 557 (2006)
Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer; Kennedy (in part)
Scalia, Thomas, and Alito filed dissents.


  1. ^ O'Connor retired mid-term and Alito was confirmed as her replacement; of the justices that served for the complete term, Roberts and Scalia joined Stevens' opinions the least, with five each.


  • "2005 Term Opinions of the Court". Supreme Court of the United States. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  • "2005 Term Opinions Relating to Orders". Supreme Court of the United States. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  • "2005 Term In-Chambers Opinions". Supreme Court of the United States. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 

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