Southern Union Company v. United States
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Mar 19, 2012
|Jun 21, 2012||6-3||Sotomayor||OT 2011|
Holding: The rule established in Apprendi v. New Jersey – in which the Court held that the Sixth Amendment’s jury-trial guarantee requires that any fact (other than the fact of a prior conviction) which increases the maximum punishment authorized for a particular crime be proved to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt – applies to the imposition of criminal fines.
Judgment: Reversed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor on June 21, 2012. Justice Breyer filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Kennedy and Alito.
- Opinion analysis: Imposition of criminal fine implicates Sixth Amendment right to jury trial (Susan F. Mandiberg)
- Argument recap: Jury determination of facts supporting fines? And restitution? And forfeiture? (Susan F. Mandiberg)
- Argument preview: Does Apprendi limit judicial fact finding relevant to the imposition of criminal fines? (Susan F. Mandiberg)
Briefs and Documents
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