Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Barber v. Thomas

Docket No. Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-5201 Mar 30, 2010
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Jun 7, 2010 6-3 Breyer OT 2009

Holding: A federal inmate is entitled to a credit of up to fifty-four days for every year of her term of imprisonment if she exhibits exemplary behavior during that year. The Supreme Court held that term of imprisonment refers to the length of the sentence actually served by the inmate, rather than the length of the sentence as imposed by the sentencing judge.

Judgment: Affirmed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on June 7, 2010. Justice Kennedy dissented, joined by Justices Stevens and Ginsburg.

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