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The Supreme Court will release orders from the February 15 conference on Tuesday, February 19, at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, February 20, at 10:00 a.m.
On Tuesday the Supreme Court hears oral argument in Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service; Ronald Mann has our preview.

United States v. Comstock

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-1224 4th Cir. Jan 12, 2010
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May 17, 2010 7-2 Breyer OT 2009

Holding: The Court upheld, under the Commerce Clause, the law passed by Congress allowing the civil commitment of mentally ill sex offenders after the completion of their criminal sentences.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on May 17, 2010. Justice Thomas dissented, joined by Justice Scalia. Justice Kennedy concurred in the judgment only, joined by Justice Alito.

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