On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its last decisions for this term. Two of the rulings related to the constitutionality of displaying the Ten Commandments on government property. The two decisions, as summarized by the SCOTUS Blog, are as follows:
No. 03-1500, van Orden v. Perry, affirmed 5-4. The Chief Justice wrote a plurality opinion for four Justices. It's Justice Breyer, not (as many suspected) Justice O'Connor, who splits his vote in the two cases -- he concurs separately in the judgment. Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in the Chief Justice's opinion, as did Justice Thomas. Justice Stevens filed a dissent that Justice Ginsburg joined. Justice Souter filed a dissent that Justices Stevens and Ginsburg joined. And Justice O'Connor filed a one-sentence dissent noting her essential agreement with Justice Souter.
No. 03-1693, McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky, was affirmed 5-4. Justice Souter wrote the opinion of the Court. Justice O'Connor concurred. Justice Scalia dissented, joined by the Chief Justice and Justice Thomas and in large part by Justice Kennedy.
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