WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court concluded its 1993-94 term yesterday with a ruling that overturned more than $64 million of fines imposed on a labor union group. The fines would mostly have benefited the coffers of Virginia and two of its counties.

The fines levied by a trial court on a group of mineworker unions for contempt were criminal in nature, not civil as intended, and therefore should have been imposed only through a jury trial, the high court unanimously ruled in International Union, United Mine Workers of America v. Bagwell.

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