Since yesterday we didn’t get everything from the Supreme Court’s docket, here’s today’s action:
Koontz v. St. Johns River Management District. 5-4 in favor of the government actor, upheld existing requirements for regulatory takings. Majority opinion by Alito, joined by Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy. Dissent by Kagan, joined by Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor.
Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. Termination of parental rights under Indian Welfare Act. 5-4 in favor of adoptive couple; the biological father lost parental rights. Majority by Alito, joined by Roberts, Thomas, Kennedy, and Breyer. Dissents by Scalia and Sotomayor, Sotomayor’s dissent joined by Ginsburg and Kagan and in part by Scalia. Separate opinion by Thomas on what looks sort of like abstention grounds.
Shelby County v. Holder. 5-4 vote. Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. (!) Opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, joined by Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, and Alito. Concurrence by Thomas. Dissent by Ginsburg, joined by Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Opinion seems to be based on an assessment of what the Chief calls “current conditions” rather than conditions that existed in 1966, and “Congress may draft another formula based on current conditions” to enforce ban on racial discrimination in voting.
Same-sex marriage cases and one other still on the docket, no more opinions today. Either tomorrow or Thursday.
And I haven’t time to dig in much further than this, at least not for a while. I have to go to court, so feel free to discuss amongst yourselves in the comments!