Monday, June 29, 2015

(The combined list) Update--Supremely Polarized: Partisanship Continues to Prevail

Here's the complete list, combining those from Supremely Polarized: Partisanship Continues to Prevail and the Update.
(As in those previous posts, the Democratic Justices are in blue, the Republicans in red, and Kennedy in purple. (How clever.)

Gotta say it one more time: voting like judges or partisan politicians?
The list:
Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, upheld the claim of racial gerrymandering.
5 (Breyer [wrote Court's opinion] + Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan) versus
4 (Scalia [wrote dissent] + Roberts, Thomas, Alito
Kerry v. Din, upheld the visa denial to a citizen's spouse without any judicial review.
5 (Scalia + Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito) versus
4 (Breyer + Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan
Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, upheld the state's refusal to allow a Confederate flag design on vanity license plates.
5 (Breyer + Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan) versus
4 (Alito + Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy
Brumfield v. Cain, ruled that the death penalty defendant was entitled to a mental disability hearing.
5 (Sotomayor + Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan) versus
4 (Thomas + Roberts, Scalia, Alito
Davis v. Ayala, ruled that the death penalty defendant suffered no prejudice when trial judge permitted the prosecution--in the absence of the defense counsel--to offer race-neutral reasons for removing several jurors.
5 (Alito + Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas) versus
4 (Sotomayor + Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan
Kingsley v. Hendrickson, ruled that force used by jail officials on a pre-trial detainee must be objectively reasonable.
5 (Breyer + Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan) versus
(Scalia + Roberts, Thomas, Alito)
Los Angeles v. Patel, invalidated a local law that permitted officials to search hotel guest registries without a warrant or the hotel's consent, and unannounced.
(Sotomayor +  Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan) versus
4 (Scalia + Roberts, Thomas, Alito)
Texas Dept. of Housing v. Inclusive Communities Project, ruled that a claim of racial discrimination in housing may be based on "disparate impact" (i.e., harmful results) as opposed to a showing of intentionally discriminatory treatment.
5 (Kennedy [wrote Court's opinion] + Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan)versus
4 (Alito [wrote dissent] + Roberts, Scalia, Thomas)
Obergefell v. Hodges, ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
5 (Kennedy + Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan)
4 (Roberts + Scalia, Thomas, Alito)
Glossip v. Gross, ruled that lethal injection with the sedative midazolam has not been shown to create a significant risk of serious pain in violation of the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
5 (Roberts + Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito)
4 (Sotomayor + Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan)
Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, upheld the popularly voted initiative that created an independent commission to replace the legislature in deciding the state's voting districts.
5 (Ginsburg + Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan)
4 ( Roberts + Scalia, Thomas, Alito)
Michigan v. EPA, ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must consider the cost of compliance when regulating the hazardous pollutants emitted from power plants.
5 (Scalia + RobertsKennedy, Thomas, Alito)
4 (Kagan + Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor)
In all fairness, let's add:
King v. Burwell, ruled that under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") tax subsidies are available for purchases of insurance on federal exchanges, not only on exchanges actually established by a state.
6 (Roberts + Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan)
3 ( Scalia + Thomas, Alito)
And if the foregoing isn't enough, the Court today ordered a halt ( a "stay") of the Texas laws that severely restricted the availability of abortions. Uhhh, by a 5-4 vote: Kennedy + the 4 liberals versus Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. ("ORDER IN PENDING CASE,  WHOLE WOMAN’S HEALTH, ET AL. V. COLE, COMM'R, TX DHS.)

A dreadfully partisan court.