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There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, March 1.
On Tuesday the court hears oral argument in Dean v. United States. Douglas Berman has our preview.

Alvarez v. Smith

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-351 7th Cir. Oct 14, 2009
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Dec 8, 2009 8-1 Breyer OT 2009
 
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Holding: The Court agreed to decide how long the police could hold onto seized property without giving the property owner a hearing. When the police returned all the owners' seized property, the Court decided that the case was moot.

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Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on December 8, 2009. Justice Stevens filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part (which SCOTUSblog counts as a dissent).

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