U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Ginsburg outpaces other justices for majority opinions this term

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Supreme Court official portrait.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has written four majority opinions this term, outpacing all the other justices.

Three of those opinions were issued after Ginsburg returned to the bench following Dec. 21 surgery for lung cancer, report Bloomberg, the Associated Press and Reuters.

One opinion was released on Ginsburg’s second day back in a forfeiture case, Timbs v. Indiana. The decision held the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states.

Two of the other Ginsburg opinions were issued Monday. One decision sided with a railroad in a dispute over the responsibility for paying taxes on a worker’s missed wages. The second held that a copyright owner can’t file an infringement suit until the U.S. Copyright Office registers a copyright.

SCOTUSblog has coverage here and here.

Ginsburg turns 86 March 15.

Justice Clarence Thomas has written three majority opinions, one fewer than Ginsburg. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., on the other hand, has not written any majority opinions, an indication that he may be writing opinions in cases that are dividing the court.

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