Supremes decide Begay, Burgess and…BAZE!

Straight from SCOTUSblog:

Today’s opinion by Justice Breyer in Begay v. United States (06-11543) is now available here. Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Souter and Thomas joined.

[In Begay,] the court found that drunk driving is not a “violent felony,” at least for purposes of an enhanced prison sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act. The ruling, written by Justice Stephen G. Breyer, came on a 6-3 vote in Begay v. U.S. (06-11543).

Today’s unanimous opinion by Justice Ginsburg in Burgess v. United States (06-11429) is now available here.

In a second decision on an enhanced sentencing law, the Court ruled that a drug crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison is a “felony drug offense” even if state law classifies it as a misdemeanor. The unanimous ruling came in the case of Burgess v. U.S. (06-11429).

Today’s opinion in Baze v. Rees (07-5439) is now available here. The Chief Justice announced the judgment of the Court and delivered an opinion in which Justices Kennedy and Alito joined. Justice Alito also filed a concurring opinion. Justice Stevens and Breyer each filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Scalia and Thomas each filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which the other joined. Justice Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion in which Justice Souter joined.

Baze is the superstar here, but I’m interested in the other two as well. I’ll need some time to review, but here’s the SCOTUSblog recap (in its entirety) on Baze:

Lethal injection allowed

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