01 March 2013

Split majority, separate dissents

From United States v. Booker,  543 U.S. 220 (2005):

STEVENS, J., delivered the opinion of the Court in part, in which SCALIA, SOUTER, THOMAS, and GINSBURG, JJ., joined. BREYER, J., delivered the opinion of the Court in part, in which REHNQUIST, C. J., and O'CONNOR, KENNEDY, and GINSBURG, JJ., joined, post, p. 244. STEVENS, J., filed an opinion dissenting in part, in which SOUTER, J., joined, and in which SCALIA, J, joined except for Part III and footnote 17, post, p. 272. SCALIA, J., post, p. 303, and THOMAS, J., post, p. 313, filed opinions dissenting in part. BREYER, J., filed an opinion dissenting in part, in which REHNQUIST, C. J, and O'CONNOR and KENNEDY, JJ., joined, post, p. 326.

Let's dissect:

1. Justice Stevens wrote part of the majority opinion.
2. Justice Breyer wrote part of the majority opinion.
3. Justice Stevens wrote a dissenting opinion to Justice Breyer's majority opinion.
4. Justice Breyer wrote a dissenting opinion to Justice Stevens's majority opinion.
5. Various other justices sided with both majority opinions and both dissenting opinions.

Confused yet? :-)
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