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    This page contains Supreme Court rulings -- with summaries of the majority and minority conclusions.

04-CHENEY on Apr 27, 2004

Decided Jun 24, 2004
Case Ruling: Cheney vs. DC Court
Court rules, 7-2, in the case of V.P. Dick Cheney v. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia: The Sierra Club and Judicial Watch sued Cheney and his energy task force, which was made up of government officials and advised by executives in the energy industry, to try to make them reveal details about the group's meetings. Cheney said the group was shielded by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which allows groups made up of government officials to keep the proceedings secret. The Sierra Club and Judicial Watch, however, said the executives were active enough in the group to be considered de facto members.

HELD: Kennedy, joined by Rehnquist, Stevens, O'Connor, Breyer

The court says the appeals court acted "prematurely" when it denied Cheney's request to keep confidential the details of his energy-task force meetings. The Court ruled that the case should be returned to the lower court for a new decision on disclosure.

After the case was returned to the lower court, on May 9, 2005, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Vice President's Energy Task Force did not have to comply with disclosure.

CONCURRENCE: Concurring in part; dissenting in part: by Thomas; joined by Scalia

Clarence Thomas and Scalia would have had the case end there with Cheney not having to disclose any information.

DISSENT: Dissent by Ginsburg; joined by Souter

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was joined by David H. Souter in dissenting, arguing the Supreme Court should let the case proceed in the District Court.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Question 18: Prioritize green energy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Energy & Oil
  • Headline: Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: No disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force (Score: -2)
  • Headline 3: Full disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 2.
  • Headline: Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force (Answer: B)
  • Headline 2: No disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force (Answer: B)
  • Headline 3: Full disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 2 on Energy: When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions comes closest to your opinion?
    • A: Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
    • B: More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
    • C: More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
    • D: Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
    • E: Unsure


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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 04-CHENEY

Stephen Breyer j1US Democratic Appointee to Supreme Court 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg w3dUS Democratic Appointee to Supreme Court 



Republicans participating in 04-CHENEY

Anthony Kennedy w1US Republican Appointee to Supreme Court 
Sandra Day O`Connor j1US Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2005) 
William Rehnquist j1US Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (until 2005) 
Antonin Scalia j2cUS Republican Appointee to Supreme Court 
David Souter j3dUS Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2009) 
John Paul Stevens j1US Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2010) 
Clarence Thomas w2cUS Republican Appointee to Supreme Court 



Independents participating in 04-CHENEY



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 7
Independents: 0


















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