As the end of term nears, the Supreme Court is issuing opinions in several notable cases that it has heard since the beginning of the year. Yesterday the Court released decisions in 6 cases, leaving 11 remaining for the rest of the term. We've already discussed Ohio v. Clark, which reversed a decision of the Ohio Supreme Court. Below are links to the other opinions released Thursday:
Brumfield v. Cain - 5-4 decision written by Justice Sotomayor regarding the execution of the intellectually disabled. The Court held that the petitioner had satisfied the statutory requirements to have his claims of intellectual disability heard by a federal court.
Davis v. Ayala - a 5-4 decision written by Justice Alito that held that excluding a defendant's attorney from a Batson hearing was harmless error.
McFadden v. United States - a 9-0 decision with majority opinion written by Justice Thomas, holding that when convicting a defendant for distributing a controlled substance "analogue," the government has to show that the defendant knew that the substance was a substance covered under the Controlled Substances Act or Analogue Act.
Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona - a 9-0 decision with a majority opinion by Justice Thomas, holding that sign code provisions created by a municipality were "content-based regulations of speech that do not survive strict scrutiny."
Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. - a 5-4 decision written by Justice Breyer holding that Texas' specialty license plates were a form of government speech and Texas was permitted to exclude a Confederate flag design without violating the Free Speech Clause.
SCOTUS Blog provides "A 'view' from the Courtroom" with links to detailed information and documents for each case.