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Tull v. United States

United States Supreme Court
481 U.S. 412 (1987)


Facts

Tull (defendant) was charged with violating the Clean Water Act, which authorized an injunction and/or a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per day during the violation. The government sought both penalties. Tull demanded a jury trial, but the district court refused. The district court then found Tull guilty of violating the Act and fined Tull $75,000. Tull appealed.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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Concurrence/Dissent (Scalia, J.)

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