|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|07-320||D. D.C.||Apr 22, 2008||Jun 26, 2008||5-4||Alito||OT 2007|
Holding: (1) The Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear Jeff Davis’ appeal; (2) Sections 319(a) and (b) of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 violate the First Amendment; and (3) because Section 319(a) is unconstitutional, Section 319(b)'s disclosure requirements, which were designed to implement the asymmetrical contribution limits, are as well.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito on June 26, 2008. Justices Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer joined the majority opinion as to Part II. Justice Stevens filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Justices Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer joined as to Part II. Justice Ginsburg filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Justice Breyer joined.
Merits briefs [via ABA]
Alabama executed Matthew Reeves by lethal injection a few hours after SCOTUS, in a 5-4 vote, dissolved a lower-court ruling that said Reeves had a right to select nitrogen gas as his method of execution. Our coverage of the decision, from @ellena_erskine:
Court green-lights Alabama execution in 5-4 ruling that reverses two lower courts - SCOTUSblog
A divided Supreme Court on Thursday evening allowed Alabama to execute a man who argued that the state had faile...
#SCOTUS grants Alabama's request to allow execution of Matthew Reeves to go forward. Justice Amy Coney Barrett indicates that she would have denied the state's request; Justice Elena Kagan dissents, joined by Breyer & Sotomayor. Order & dissent are here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/21a372_5436.pdf
In remarks at the White House, Biden calls Breyer a beacon of wisdom on the Constitution and reiterates his commitment to select a Black woman to succeed him. Biden says he intends to nominate a successor by the end of February.
Breyer makes it official: He tells President Biden in a letter that his retirement will take effect at the end of the current term, assuming his successor has been confirmed by then.
Just in: Biden will give remarks on Breyer's retirement today at the White House at 12:30 p.m. EST. Breyer will be in attendance.
Here's our new Breyer banner from @Courtartist. Breyer has always been an avid biker -- even to the point that he took a few spills. In fact, in 1993, when he was first being considered for a SCOTUS vacancy, he met with Bill Clinton while nursing broken ribs from a bike accident.
@Courtartist outdoes himself again with his Breyer retirement banner @SCOTUSblog.