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Justice Elena Kagan has called for a response in the sanctuary-cities case from Chicago to the federal government’s request that the Supreme Court limit the reach of a nationwide injunction barring the government from imposing conditions on federal grants for police.

Southern Union Company v. United States

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
11-94 1st Cir. Mar 19, 2012
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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.

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