FINDLAW:Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court -06/15/09

ADMIRALTY, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, OIL & GAS LAW, TRANSPORTATION

Polar Tankers, Inc. v. Valdez, No. 08–310
In a Tonnage Clause challenge to an Alaska ordinance imposing a personal property tax on large oil tankers, judgment for Defendant is reversed, where the ordinance was unconstitutional because it was designed to impose “a charge for the privilege of entering, trading in, or lying in a port.”

CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, IMMIGRATION LAW

Nijhawan v. Holder, No. 08–495
Petitioner’s removal from the U.S. based on his commission of an “aggravated felony” is affirmed, where the $10,000 threshold in 8 U.S.C. section 1101(a)(43)(M)(i) refers to the particular circumstances in which an offender committed a fraud or deceit crime on a particular occasion, rather than to an element of the fraud or deceit crime.