(LIN) — This year was a big year for Supreme Court justices. While they heard dozens of cases this year, there are a few cases that stand out above the rest.
Here's a look back at what this year had in store.
NFIB v. Sebelius – decided June 28, 2012
Arguably the landmark case of the year, the Supreme Court upheld a ruling requiring Americans to either buy health insurance or pay a tax. The "individual mandate," a key provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, was questioned by some as unconstitutional.
The final decision was 5-4, upholding the mandate with Chief Justice John Roberts uncharacteristically siding with the more liberally leaning justices.
Roberts stated that although the individual mandate is a tax, it is a valid exercise of Congressional authority, and that the penalty payment isn't too severe to be considered coercive.
Decided during a heated presidential election year, the healthcare ruling caused obvious riffs in campaign, Obama called the mandate "the right thing to do," while Mitt Romney's camp pledged to repeal "ObamaCare" if he was elected president.
Arizona v. United States – decided June 25, 2012
This case presumably all started when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law in 2010, which was referred to as the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act." The new law made it a crime for illegal immigrants to be in Arizona without carrying proper registration documents.
The U.S. Justice Department filed a case in 2010 challenging the law, stating that Arizona was both trumping federal authority and impeding on civil rights.
When the High Court heard the case this year, a 5-3 decision struck down three tenets of the law, but upheld the key provision that allows police officers to ask about someone's immigration status during traffic stops.
The provisions struck down include allowing police to arrest anyone they believe to be an illegal immigrant, enforcing illegal immigrants to carry registration with them at all times and making it a crime for illegal immigrants to gain employment in Arizona.
Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case because she was solicitor general when Obama's administration filed the suit in 2010.
U.S. v. Alvarez - decided June 28, 2012
In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Stolen Valor Act violates the First Amendment.
In 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Stolen Valor Act. This law made it a crime for anyone to misrepresent themselves as having received any military medal or decoration.
Some time later, Xavier Alvarez, who never served in the military, portrayed himself as a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He was charged and convicted, but challenged the law, saying it was against his First Amendment rights.
Arguably, the law had good intentions, but the Supreme Court struck it down in a 6-3 decision, saying the language was too broad.
Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals – decided March 20, 2012
This case began when Daniel Coleman filed a suit, claiming he was fired after requesting sick leave. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, U.S. employees have the right to leave work to take care of themselves or family members.
The question brought to the High Court was whether states can be sued under the "self-care" provision under this Act.
In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that suits against states under this provision of the FMLA are barred by sovereign immunity, as laid out in the 11th Amendment.
The Court's opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, addresses concerns that Congress should discuss evidence that men and women take medical leave in roughly equal numbers, and that it wasn't discriminatory under the 14th Amendment. Because of this, the law did not trump Maryland's sovereign immunity.
Dissenters, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, claim that the entire Act as a whole is directed at sex discrimination, making a case for pregnant women.
There will be several holiday-themed events this weekend in the Fort Wayne area, including Christmas displays, children’s parties, visits from Santa Claus, and more.
Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at Indiana state facilities be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Dec. 7 in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
A water main break has closed two lanes in the 1300-block of Lafayette Street, near Douglas Avenue.
A national campaign wants the NFL's Washington Redskins to change its name to not be offensive to Native Americans, and it could effect teams across the country.
The Lilly Endowment Inc. has given more than $62 million to 39 Indiana colleges and universities to increase employment opportunities for college graduates. receive
A two-car crash tied up traffic for a short time on Illinois Road at the entrance to Jefferson Pointe.
It's been a year since FBI agents and police raided several homes in Fort Wayne. The center of the investigation was Michael Fabini's home.
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A Fort Wayne man had the opportunity to have lunch with Nelson Mandela 20 years ago. He says the experience is something he has carried with him throughout the years.
The suspects face bank robbing charges, as well as charges of assaulting and putting in jeopardy the lives of others.
The yellow brick building that served for decades as the club house for the Elks Lodge 155 golf course in Fort Wayne is being demolished.
Buffalo Wild Wings donated $6,500 to the Boys & Girls Club's Fairfield location on Friday afternoon. The money will be used for youth sports tournaments.
A new event promises 12 days of delicious deals at Fort Wayne restaurants in January.
A woman arrested for shoplifting at a Fort Wayne Walmart identified herself as her husband's ex-wife when she was actually the man's current wife. The ex-wife then ended up getting arrested when the real wife failed to show up for court.
Gov. Mike Pence has ordered flags at Indiana state facilities to be flown at half-staff in tribute of Nelson Mandela and is asking businesses and residents to do so also to honor the world leader.