Alvarez v. Smith
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.
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).
Briefs and Documents
- Brief for the National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National League of Cities, the International City/County Management Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the States of Illinois, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the United States of America in Support of Petitioner
- Brief for the CATO Institute, Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, and the Reason Foundation in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the Legal Aid Society in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the Institute for Justice in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Illinois in Support of Respondent
- Brief for the National Police Accountability Project in Support of Respondent