US Supreme Court issues final 4 decisions, closes term.

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Via Scotusblog:

In McDonald v. Chicago, the Court reverses and remands in an opinion by Justice Alito.  The vote is 5-4.  Justice Stevens writes a dissenting opinion, and Justice Breyer writes a separate one, joined by Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor.  The opinion finds that the Second Amendment rights recognized in Heller, to keep and bear arms, applies to the states.  Justice Alito finds that the right exists through the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.  Justice Thomas finds that the right exists through the Privileges or Immunities Clause.  The opinion is 204 pages.

In  Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the Court affirms and remands, in an opinion by Ginsburg.  The vote is 5-4. Justice Alito dissents, joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Scalia and Thomas.  Justices Stevens and Kennedy each concur.  The Court finds that a policy of Hastings College of Law, which mandates an "all comers" policy for student groups receiving school funding, is constitutionally reasonable and may therefore be enforced.

In  Bilski v. Kappos, the Court affirms, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy.   The opinion for the majority is not supported in all respects by those who join in part.  Justice Breyer concurs in the judgment, joined by Scalia.  Stevens concurs in the judgment, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor.  The opinion concerns patent law.

In  Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Court reverses in part, affirms in part, and remands, in an opinion by the Chief Justice.  The vote is 5-4.  Justice Breyer dissents, joined by Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, and Sotomayor.  The Court finds that certain limitations on the power to remove board members is unconstitutional under the separation of powers doctrine.

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