|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Apr 28, 2010
||Jun 24, 2010||8-1||Roberts||OT 2009|
Holding: Disclosure of the identity of persons who sign petitions for ballot referenda does not normally violate the First Amendment. The Court leaves open, however, the question whether the First Amendment might prohibit disclosure if it can be shown that disclosure could expose those who signed a petition to serious harm.
Judgment: Affirmed, 8-1, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts on June 24, 2010. Justices Breyer and Alito both filed concurring opinions, and Justice Sotomayor filed a concurring opinion which was joined by Justices Stevens and Ginsburg. Justice Stevens filed an opinion concurring in part and in the judgment, joined by Justice Breyer. Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Thomas filed a dissent.