Thursday, June 21, 2012

Supreme Court rules on extent of criminal fines

JURIST - Paper Chase
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] Thursday that any fact other than a prior conviction which leads to a sentence greater than the statutory maximum must be submitted to the jury. In Southern Union Co. v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the defendant was convicted under a criminal statute which imposed per diem fines for violations. The jury was not asked to determine the number of days that Southern Union Co. engaged in the violation and...
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