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Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Doe v. Reed

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-559 9th Cir. Apr 28, 2010
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Jun 24, 2010 8-1 Roberts OT 2009

Holding: Disclosure of the identity of persons who sign petitions for ballot referenda does not normally violate the First Amendment. The Court leaves open, however, the question whether the First Amendment might prohibit disclosure if it can be shown that disclosure could expose those who signed a petition to serious harm.

Judgment: Affirmed, 8-1, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts on June 24, 2010. Justices Breyer and Alito both filed concurring opinions, and Justice Sotomayor filed a concurring opinion which was joined by Justices Stevens and Ginsburg. Justice Stevens filed an opinion concurring in part and in the judgment, joined by Justice Breyer. Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Thomas filed a dissent.

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