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Good morning from the Court press room.
Hi all. Kevin Russell here, filling in for Tom (who is traveling) and Amy (who is at the Court to cover today's arguments). Big shoes to fill...
On the credentialing: a news organization cannot provide its own credentials; the institution being covered must do so. As to the update, there will be an appeal to the Senate Gallery committee next month. No idea what the outcome will be.
The Court's releases this morning will be opinion(s) only. No new orders today.
There will be no early release of audiotapes for any case this Term. End of the week only.
The five minutes to sitting buzzer has just sounded in the hallway.
Two boxes of opinions today. May mean as many as 3 overall, or 2 big ones.
No argument streaming today.
First opinion: No. 12-9490, Navarette v. California.
Court holds in opinion by Justice Thomas that the traffic stop in this case complied with the Fourth Amendment because under the totality of the circumstances the officer had reasonable suspicion that the truck's driver was intoxicated.
The decision of the California middle appellate court is affirmed. The Court is divided 5-4. Justice Scalia writes for the dissenters, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan.
We will have more opinions shortly.
We have the second and last opinion: Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The decision of the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
The opinion is divided. Justice Kennedy wrote the plurality joined by the Chief Justice and Justice Alito. They conclude in their opinion that there is no authority in the federal constitution or in the Court's precedents for courts to set aside Michigan laws that commit to the voters the determination whether racial preferences may be considered in governmental decisions, in particular with respect to school admissions.
The Chief Justice has filed a concurring opinion. Justice Scalia has filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, joined by Justice Thomas.
Justice Breyer filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Sotomayor has a dissenting opinion joined by Justice Ginsburg. Justice Kagan took no part.
The plurality opinion stresses that the case is not about the constitutionality or the merits of race conscious admission policies in higher education. Rather, the question concerns whether and in what manner voters in a state may chose to prohibit consideration of such racial preferences.
That is our last opinion. We are waiting to see if any of the dissenters will read their dissents from the bench.
Justice Sotomayor is orally announcing from her dissent.
Thanks for joining us, that's all for today. We will be back tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. for more opinions.