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2003 term United States Supreme Court opinions of Clarence Thomas

The table below lists all opinions filed by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas during the 2003 term of the Supreme Court of the United States, which lasted from October 6, 2003 until October 3, 2004. This was the thirteenth term of Thomas' tenure on the Court.
Clarence Thomas 2003 term statistics
Majority or Plurality
Concurrence/dissent Total = 27
Bench opinions = 27 Opinions relating to orders = 0 In-chambers opinions = 0
Unanimous decisions: 5 Most joined by: Scalia (14) Least joined by: Souter, Breyer (5)
Case Issue Joined by

Raytheon Co. v. Hernandez
540 U.S. 40 (2003)

McConnell v. Federal Election Commission
540 U.S. 93 (2003)
Campaign finance reform Scalia (in part)

Groh v. Ramirez
540 U.S. 551 (2004)
Scalia; Rehnquist (in part)

General Dynamics Land System v. Cline
540 U.S. 581 (2004)

Olympic Airways v. Husain
540 U.S. 644 (2004)
Rehnquist, Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg
Scalia filed a dissent.

Banks v. Dretke
540 U.S. 668 (2004)

Locke v. Davey
540 U.S. 712 (2004)
Thomas filed one of two dissents from Rehnquist's 7-2 decision.

Raymond B. Yates, M.D., P.C. Profit Sharing Plan v. Hendon
541 U.S. 1 (2004)

United States v. Galletti
541 U.S. 114 (2004)

BedRoc Ltd., LLC v. United States
541 U.S. 176 (2004)

United States v. Lara
541 U.S. 193 (2004)

Household Credit Servs. v. Pfennig
541 U.S. 232 (2004)

Scarborough v. Principi
541 U.S. 401 (2004)
Thomas dissented from Ginsburg's 7-2 decision.

Tennessee Student Assistance Corp. v. Hood
541 U.S. 440 (2004)
Bankruptcy; Eleventh Amendment Scalia
Thomas dissented from Rehnquist's 7-2 decision.

Till v. SCS Credit Corp.
541 U.S. 465 (2004)

Tennessee v. Lane
541 U.S. 509 (2004)
Americans with Disabilities Act; state sovereign immunity
Thomas filed one of three dissents from Stevens' 5-4 decision.

Sabri v. United States
541 U.S. 600 (2004)

DOT v. Pub. Citizen
541 U.S. 752 (2004)

Elk Grove Unified Sch. Dist. v. Newdow
542 U.S. 1 (2004)
Standing; Establishment Clause

Pennsylvania State Police v. Suders
542 U.S. 129 (2004)
Thomas was the sole dissenter from Ginsburg's 8-1 opinion.

Aetna Health Inc. v. Davila
542 U.S. 200 (2004)

Pliler v. Ford
542 U.S. 225 (2004)
Rehnquist, O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy
Ginsburg and Breyer filed dissents.

Tennard v. Dretke
542 U.S. 274 (2004)
Thomas filed one of three dissents from O'Connor's 6-3 opinion.

Cheney v. United States District Court
542 U.S. 367 (2004)

Beard v. Banks
542 U.S. 406 (2004)
Rehnquist, O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy
Stevens and Souter filed dissents.

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld
542 U.S. 547 (2004)
Due process, habeas corpus
Thomas dissented from the plurality's ruling that citizens of the U.S. designated as enemy combatants by the Executive Branch had the right to challenge their detention. Thomas, the only member of the Court to fully adopt the government's position, argued that the Court should defer to the broad war-making powers of the President, particularly in light of the important security interests at stake in the War on Terror.

United States v. Patane
542 U.S. 630 (2004)
Rehnquist, Scalia
Souter and Breyer filed dissents.


  • "2003 Term Opinions of the Court". Supreme Court of the United States. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  • "2003 Term Opinions Relating to Orders". Supreme Court of the United States. Archived from the original on 2005-03-09. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  • "2003 Term In-Chambers Opinions". Supreme Court of the United States. Archived from the original on 2005-02-14. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 

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