Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the March 24 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton. Ronald Mann has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Ronald Mann has our preview.

United States v. O’Brien and Burgess

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-1569 1st Cir. Feb 23, 2010
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May 24, 2010 9-0 Kennedy OT 2009
 
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Holding: The fact that a firearm was a machine gun is a fact that must be proved to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt at the time of trial, rather than a fact to be proved to the judge at the time of sentencing.

Plain English Summary:

Judgment: Affirmed, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy on May 24, 2010. Justices Stevens and Thomas filed concurring opinions, with Justice Thomas concurring in the judgment only.

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