Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

The court will release orders from the March 16 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Sveen v. Melin. Amy Howe has our preview.

Vartelas v. Holder

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-1211 2d Cir. Jan 18, 2012
Mar 28, 2012 6-3 Ginsburg OT 2011

Holding: Because the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act burdens lawful activity on the basis of nothing more than past criminal activity, it was retroactive within the meaning of the Court’s precedents.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Ginsburg on March 28, 2012. Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Justices Thomas and Alito.

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