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Supreme Court Decision Analysis
Q1a) Which justice wrote the opinion of the Court? Who joined him/her?
The majority opinion of the Court was authored by Justice Elena Kagan. She was joined by
Breyer, Sotomayor, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett.
b) What is a concurring opinion?
When a judge authors a concurring opinion, he or she agrees with the conclusions of the majority
opinion but offers his own justifications for agreeing.
c) Who wrote concurring opinions here?
Kavanaugh wrote a concurring opinion. Thomas wrote an opinion concurring in part and in
judgment in which Kavanaugh joined. Roberts wrote an opinion concurring in the judgment and
was joined by Alito (Lange v. California n.d.).
d) Were there any dissenting opinions?
Q2a) Using your own words and in four or fewer sentences, give a summary of the underlying
facts of this case.
A highway patrol officer noticed the petitioner, Arthur Gregory Lange, playing loud music, he
honked severally, yet there were no other cars close. The officer followed Lange and activated
his siren, which Lange refused to respond to. Lange turned into his garage, and the officer
followed, collecting evidence that was used to charge him with a misdemeanor of driving under
the influence (Lange v. California n.d.). Lang…
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