We have the opinion in Dorsey and Hill, the Fair Sentencing Act cases. The opinion is by Breyer. The Seventh Circuit is vacated and remanded. The vote is 5-4. Justice Scalia dissents, joined by the Chief and Alito and Thomas.The full opinion is at this link.
The Court holds that the FSA's new mandatory minimums applies to sentences for crack cocaine imposed after the Act for pre-Act crimes. Dorsey and Hill have the more traditional line-up that we have come to expect in 5-4 cases.
Re Fines and Apprendi:
Justice Sotomayor has opinion. The rule of Apprendi v. NJ applies to the imposition of criminal fines. The First Circuit is reversed. The vote is 6-3. Justice Breyer dissents, joined by Kennedy and Alito.The full opinion is available at this link.