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What Could We Infer When Justice Theis Asked the First Question in Criminal Cases?

Yesterday, we reviewed Justice Theis’ question patterns in criminal cases between 2010 and 2016.  Today, we ask what it’s possible to infer when Justice Theis asked the first question in  criminal cases. Justice Theis voted with the majority in 84 criminal affirmances and 102 criminal reversals.  She wrote the majority opinion in fourteen of those … Continue Reading

What Could We Infer From Justice Theis’ Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we reviewed the data from Justice Theis’ participation in oral arguments in civil cases since she joined the Court in 2010.  This week, we turn our attention to Justice Theis’ record in criminal oral arguments. Justice Theis voted with the majority in 84 criminal affirmances and 102 criminal reversals.  She wrote the majority … Continue Reading

Post No. 999: What Could We Infer When Justice Theis Asked the First Question in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we began our analysis of Justice Theis’ question patterns in civil cases.  Today, we continue our work on Justice Theis’ civil arguments since taking office in 2010. When voting in the majority of an affirmance, there’s a 32.88% chance that Justice Theis will ask the first question of appellants, but only a 15.07% chance … Continue Reading

Post No. 998: What Could We Infer From Justice Theis’ Question Patters in Civil Cases?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the patterns in Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s questioning in civil and criminal cases between 2008 and his retirement in 2010.  This week, we review the question patterns of his successor, Justice Mary Jane Theis. Justice Theis voted with the majority in 73 civil affirmances and 105 civil reversals.  … Continue Reading

What Could We Infer When Chief Justice Fitzgerald Asked the First Question in Criminal Cases?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data for Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s question pattern in criminal cases between 2008 and 2010.  Today, we look at a different aspect of the data – was the Chief Justice more likely to ask the first question of either side, depending on how he was voting and whether he was writing an … Continue Reading

What Could We Infer From Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we continued our analysis of the Court’s oral arguments between 2008 and 2016 with a look at former Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s patterns in civil cases during the two years before he retired, 2008-2010.  This week, we turn our attention to Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s patterns in criminal cases. In all, Chief Justice Fitzgerald voted … Continue Reading

What Could We Infer When Chief Justice Fitzgerald Asked the First Question in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we began our review of the limited data from civil cases in which Chief Justice Fitzgerald both participated in oral argument and voted between 2008 and 2010.  Today, we wrap up our look at the civil docket. As we noted yesterday, the Chief Justice voted with the majority in 32 civil affirmances, writing the … Continue Reading

What Could We Infer From the Pattern of Chief Justice Fitzgerald’s Questions in Civil Cases?

Our review of the Court’s oral arguments between 2008 and 2016 continues this week with Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald.  Since Chief Justice Fitzgerald retired in 2010, our data is more limited than it is for other Justices.  Because we’re tracking correlations between questions and voting, we disregard the cases in 2010 for which the Chief … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer When Chief Justice Karmeier Asks the First Question in Criminal Cases?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data on Chief Justice Karmeier’s questions in civil cases between 2008 and 2016.  Today, we take a look at a different side of the data – what can we infer when the Chief Justice asks the first question to either side in criminal cases? Voting against a party did not make … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer From Chief Justice Karmeier’s Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we looked at what can be inferred from the patterns of Chief Justice Karmeier’s questions in civil cases between 2008 and 2016.  This week, we look at the Chief Justice’s questioning in criminal cases. In Table 497, we report the data for the Chief’s patterns when voting in the majority.  Like most appellate … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer When Chief Justice Karmeier Asks the First Question in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we began our analysis of the Chief Justice’s question patterns in civil cases from 2008 through 2016.  Today, we address the Chief Justice’s patterns in criminal cases. When voting with the majority in an affirmance, the Chief Justice begins the questioning of appellants in 13.68% of cases.  There’s a 12.63% chance he’ll ask the … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer From Chief Justice Karmeier’s Question Patterns in Civil Cases?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing Justice Thomas’ question patterns in oral arguments since 2008, and whether it’s possible to infer his likely vote and whether he’s writing an opinion.  This week, we turn to Chief Justice Karmeier’s patterns in civil cases. Chief Justice Karmeier has voted with the majority in 95 cases … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer When Justice Thomas Asks the First Question in a Criminal Case?

Yesterday, we analyzed whether it’s possible to infer Justice Thomas’ vote and whether or not he’s writing an opinion based upon the pattern of his questions in criminal cases.  Today, we look at whether it’s more likely that Justice Thomas will ask the first question in criminal cases, based upon his vote and whether he’s … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer From Justice Thomas’ Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we analyzed the pattern of Justice Thomas’ questions in oral arguments in civil cases.  This week, we address Justice Thomas’ patterns in criminal cases. When Justice Thomas is in the majority, he questions the losing side more heavily than the party which will lose the case.  Justice Thomas has written the majority opinion … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer When Justice Thomas Asks the First Question in a Civil Case?

Yesterday, we analyzed whether we can infer Justice Thomas’ votes and whether or not he’s writing an opinion based upon the pattern of his questions at oral arguments in civil cases.  Today, we ask a different question – when Justice Thomas asks the first question in a civil case, does it mean he’s writing the … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer From Justice Thomas’ Question Patterns in Civil Cases?

Last week, we completed our two-week examination of Justice Kilbride’s patterns in oral arguments for civil and criminal cases between 2008 and 2016.  Today, we begin our examination of Justice Thomas’ patterns. In Table 485, we report the data on Justice Thomas’ question patterns when voting in the majority.  Both when the Court affirms and … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer When Justice Kilbride Asks the First Question in Criminal Cases?

Yesterday, we analyzed whether it’s possible, based on all oral arguments in criminal cases between 2009 and 2016, to infer from watching Justice Kilbride’s question patterns in criminal cases how he’s voting, and whether he’s writing an opinion.   Today, we ask the same question based on whether or not Justice Kilbride asks the first question. … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer From Justice Kilbride’s Question Patterns in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we analyzed the pattern of Justice Kilbride’s questions in oral arguments in civil cases, asking whether it’s possible to infer who Justice Kilbride will vote for and whether or not he’s writing an opinion.  This week, we do the same for the Court’s criminal cases between 2008 and 2016. Overall, Justice Kilbride has … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer When Justice Kilbride Asks the First Question in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we asked whether we can infer anything about Justice Kilbride’s vote and whether he’s writing an opinion, based on the pattern of his questions in oral argument.  Today, we ask a slightly different question – can we infer anything from whether or not Justice Kilbride asks the first question in a civil case? Justice … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer From Justice Kilbride’s Question Patterns in Civil Cases?

Over the last two weeks, we’ve reviewed Justice Freeman’s question patterns in civil and criminal cases.  This week, we’ll be reviewing Justice Kilbride’s patterns with his questioning in civil cases. Justice Kilbride has heard oral argument in 127 cases where he voted with the majority in an affirmance.  He wrote the majority opinion in eight … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer When Justice Freeman Asks the First Question in a Criminal Case?

Yesterday, we showed that unlike many of his colleagues, Justice Freeman does not tend to ask the party he’s voting against more questions at oral argument – he averages more questions to the appellants in every scenario.  Today, we ask whether we can infer that Justice Freeman is writing an opinion in cases where he … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer From Justice Freeman’s Question Pattern in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we looked at the pattern of Justice Freeman’s questioning in oral arguments in civil cases, analyzing whether he tends to ask more questions of the party he will ultimately vote against, and what impact writing an opinion has on questioning.  This week, we take a look at Justice Freeman’s patterns in criminal cases. … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer When Justice Freeman Asks the First Question in a Civil Case?

Yesterday, we began analyzing Justice Freeman’s question patterns in civil cases.  Today, we analyze whether it is more likely that Justice Freeman will ask the first question, depending on his vote and whether he’s writing an opinion. Overall, when Justice Freeman is in the majority of an affirmance, there’s a 12.5% chance that Justice Freeman … Continue Reading

What Can We Infer From Justice Freeman’s Question Pattern in Civil Cases?

Last week, we analyzed Justice Garman’s question patterns in criminal cases.  This week, we address Justice Freeman’s question pattern in civil cases. We begin with cases in which Justice Freeman has voted with the majority.  When Justice Freeman votes with the majority, he more heavily questions the appellant by a wide margin.  Justice Freeman averages … Continue Reading
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