Jun 25 2012
The Supreme Court issued several major rulings today, but none of the cases involving constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act was among them. The decisions released this morning:
- Arizona v. United States (No. 11-182). The Court declares provisions in the Arizona immigration law known as SB 1070 to be preempted by federal law, but the entire law was not struck down. The vote is 5-3, with Kennedy writing for the majority; Scalia, Thomas and Alito dissenting in part; and Kagan taking no part in the decision.
- Miller v. Alabama (No. 10-9646). The Court rules that the Eight Amendment prevents a sentencing scheme that includes imposition of life without the possibility of parole for a juvenile homicide offender.
- American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock (No. 11-1179). By a 5-4 vote, the Court granted certiorari and summarily reversed a decision by the Montana Supreme Court, which had upheld a law restricting corporate campaign contributions. This was a pure application of the principle in the Citizens United case. Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomajor and Kagan dissented.
See the full Order list issued today for all the grants and denials of certiorari, including the Montana campaign finance case.
With these cases decided, a decision in the health care cases are expected on Thursday morning, June 28. SCOTUSblog will continue its live-blogging from the Court, providing the very first word on the decisions.
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