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  •  Not at all - Thomas was even a liberal today (4+ / 0-)
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    He not only joined but led the liberal wing in the Alleyne decision, holding (simplified) that a jury must find facts pertinent to sentencing. Breyer was the swing vote in that case.

    Scalia, on the other hand, is one of the court's bigger champions of the 4th amendment and will frequently side with the court's liberals - again with Breyer the more likely swing vote. (See Maryland v. King from this term.)

    Arizona was a preemption case, and it's not hard to guess which side of the fence Thomas will claim on preemption cases.

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    by harrije on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 10:00:21 AM PDT

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    •  That's good news on Alleyne. (1+ / 0-)
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      I just glanced at the summary since you mentioned it. Just about the time I am really about ready to give up on Thomas' humanity, he surprises me.

      Maybe Alito will surprise me still. I'm confident the guy is brilliant. Now we just need to find his heart.

      Off to read Alleyne now.  I see Alito wrote his own dissent? Sheeze... Of course he did. I'm still holding out hope that we uncover his heart eventually...

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 10:22:24 AM PDT

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