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Following are the Supreme Court rulings used to indicate Justices' stances on the issues. Votes which include "VoteMatch Usage" are scored as VoteMatch quiz responses. Those without a VoteMatch usage are included only on each candidate's main issues page.
Abortion
Court referenceCourt opinion / dissentVoteMatch UsageParticipants
92-1
on Apr 22, 1992
(1) Uphold Roe v. Wade: woman's right to choose or (2) Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided & should be overturned Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 7

Civil Rights
Court referenceCourt opinion / dissentVoteMatch UsageParticipants
99-699
on Apr 26, 2000
(1) Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters or (2) Boy Scouts should accept gay scoutmasters or (3) Boy Scouts should be required to accept gay scoutmasters Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9
99-5525
on Apr 19, 2000
(1) Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights or (2) Miranda rights can be overruled by Congress Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9
99-478
on Mar 28, 2000
(1) Hate crime sentencing without a jury is unconstitutional or (2) Hate crimes must be separate crimes, not just for sentencing or (3) Hate crimes should allow racial intent to affect sentencing Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9

Crime
Court referenceCourt opinion / dissentVoteMatch UsageParticipants
99-7000
on Apr 18, 2000
(1) Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence or (2) Life-sentence alternative should affect death sentence Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9
99-137
on Jan 11, 2000
(1) OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively or (2) Can't lengthen prison sentences retroactively Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9
98-1036
on Nov 2, 1999
(1) Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search or (2) Fleeing police is not in itself sufficient to allow search Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9
98-8384
on Oct 4, 1999
(1) No death penalty without considering mitigating evidence or (2) Death penalty OK if no mitigating evidence or (3) Shorten time between sentencing and executions Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9

Drugs
Court referenceCourt opinion / dissentVoteMatch UsageParticipants
99-1030
on Oct 3, 2000
(1) No roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs or (2) Roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs are OK or (3) Treat drug roadblocks the same as drunk-driving roadblocks Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9
98-9349
on Feb 29, 2000
(1) No tactile inspection by police for drugs or (2) Tactile inspection for drugs should be legal, like visual Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9

Education
Court referenceCourt opinion / dissentVoteMatch UsageParticipants
98-1648
on Dec 1, 1999
(1) Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials or (2) Limited public funding OK for parochial school materials or (3) Disallow taxpayer funding for parochial school materials Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9

Environment
Court referenceCourt opinion / dissentVoteMatch UsageParticipants
99-1178
on Oct 31, 2000
(1) Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways or (2) Extend CWA restrictions to isolated water bodies Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9
98-822
on Oct 12, 1999
(1) OK to sue polluters for past pollution or (2) Can't sue polluters after they stop polluting Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9

Families & Children
Court referenceCourt opinion / dissentVoteMatch UsageParticipants
99-138
on Jan 12, 2000
(1) Grandparents get no visitation rights unless parents agree or (2) Balance visitation rights between parent & child interests or (3) Child upbringing is an unalienable right (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9
99-5
on Jan 11, 2000
(1) Rape victims cannot sue their alleged attackers or (2) Let rape victims sue alleged attackers as gender-bias crime or (3) Congress can't allow lawsuits by rape victims under 14th Am. Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9

Jobs
Court referenceCourt opinion / dissentVoteMatch UsageParticipants
98-1167
on Feb 23, 2000
(1) Public agencies can make unilateral rules for comp time or (2) Employers must get employee agreement for comp time rules (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 9


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