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2004 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Anthony Kennedy


2004 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Anthony Kennedy

The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy during the 2004 term of the Supreme Court of the United States, which lasted from October 4, 2004 until October 3, 2005. This was the eighteenth term of Kennedy’s tenure on the Court.
Anthony Kennedy 2004 term statistics
Majority or Plurality
Concurrence/dissent Total = 20
Bench opinions = 19 Opinions relating to orders = 0 In-chambers opinions = 1
Unanimous decisions: 2 Most joined by: Scalia (10) Least joined by: Stevens, O'Connor (6)
Case Issue Joined by

Koons Buick Pontiac GMC, Inc. v. Nigh
543 U.S. 50 (2004)

Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Banks
543 U.S. 426 (2005)

Roper v. Simmons
543 U.S. 551 (2005)
Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
Kennedy wrote for the Court in ruling that the Eighth Amendment prohibited the execution of minors. O'Connor and Scalia filed dissents.

Ballard v. Comm'r
544 U.S. 40 (2005)

Wilkinson v. Dotson
544 U.S. 74 (2005)
Kennedy was the lone dissenter.

Muehler v. Mena
544 U.S. 93 (2005)

Brown v. Payton
544 U.S. 133 (2005)
O'Connor, Scalia, Thomas, Breyer
Souter filed a dissent.

Johnson v. United States
544 U.S. (2005)
Stevens, Scalia, Ginsburg

Granholm v. Heald
544 U.S. 460 (2005)
Scalia, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer
Stevens and Thomas filed dissents.

Lingle v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc.
544 U.S. 528 (2005)

Johanns v. Livestock Mktg. Ass'n
544 U.S. 550 (2005)

Multimedia Holdings Corp. v. Circuit Court of Fla., St. Johns Cty.
544 U.S. 1301 (2005)
Freedom of the press
Kennedy denied a television station's request for a stay against an order prohibiting publication of grand jury transcripts, because it did not appear that the station was actually subject to the order, and there was no real threat of prosecution for publishing the transcripts.

Alaska v. United States
545 U.S. 75 (2005)
Stevens, O'Connor, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer; Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas (in part)
Scalia filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd.
545 U.S. 119 (2005)
Americans with Disabilities Act Stevens, Souter; Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer (in part)
Scalia filed a dissent. Thomas filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.

Wilkinson v. Austin
545 U.S. 209 (2005)

Rompilla v. Beard
545 U.S. 374 (2005)
Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas

Mid-Con Freight Sys. v. Mich. PSC
545 U.S. 440 (2005)
Rehnquist, O'Connor

Kelo v. City of New London
545 U.S. 469 (2005)

Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Allapattah Servs.
545 U.S. 546 (2005)
Rehnquist, Scalia, Souter, Thomas

Bell v. Thompson
545 U.S. 794 (2005)
Rehnquist, O'Connor, Scalia, Thomas



  • 2004 Term Opinions of the Court, accessed March 20, 2010.
  • 2004 Term Opinions Relating to Orders, accessed March 20, 2010.
  • 2004 Term In-Chambers Opinions, accessed March 20, 2010.
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