How Has Justice Karmeier Voted in Civil Constitutional Law Cases?

Justice Karmeier has participated in 63 civil cases since taking his seat primarily involving constitutional law issues.  He has voted for defendants 36 times, and against defendants in 27 cases.  Between 2005 and 2012, he voted for defendants in 25 cases and against them in only 8.  Since that time, he has voted for defendants in only 11 of 30 cases.

Justice Karmeier has participated in 34 civil constitutional law cases won by the defendants at the Appellate Court.  He has voted to affirm those decisions 20 times, voting to reverse, at least in part, in 14 cases.  Between 2005 and 2012, Justice Karmeier voted to affirm in 16 cases and to reverse in 5 cases.  Between 2013 and 2019, he voted to affirm only four times in thirteen cases.

Between 2005 and 2012, Justice Karmeier participated in twelve civil constitutional law cases lost by the defendants below.  He voted to reverse in nine of those twelve cases.  Between 2013 and 2019, Justic3e Karmeier voted to reverse seven defendants’ losses and voted to affirm ten times.

Join us back here tomorrow as we review Chief Justice Burke’s voting record.

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How Has Justice Thomas Voted in Constitutional Law Cases?

Justice Thomas has participated in 81 civil cases primarily involving constitutional law issues.  He has supported the defendant in 49 cases and has voted against defendants 32 times.  Between 2001 and 2012, he supported defendants in 35 such cases while voting against defendants 16 times.  Since that time, he has voted for defendants 14 times and against defendants 16 times.

Justice Thomas had participated in 42 civil constitutional law cases won by the defendant at the Appellate Court, voting to affirm 26 times and to reverse, at least in part, in 16 cases.  Between 2001 and 2008, he voted to affirm 14 times and to reverse in 8 cases.  From 2009 to 2014, he voted to affirm in ten of eleven cases.  Since that time however, he has voted to affirm in only two of nine cases.

Since 2001, Justice Thomas has participated in 39 civil constitutional law cases lost by the defendants at the Appellate Court, voting to reverse 23 times and to affirm in 16 cases.  Between 2001 and 2012, Justice Thomas voted to reverse in 16 cases while voting to affirm 7 times.  Since that time, he has voted to reverse in 7 of 16 cases.

Join us here next Tuesday as we continue our review of the Justices’ voting records in constitutional law cases.

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How Has Justice Kilbride Voted in Constitutional Law Cases?

Justice Kilbride has participated in 85 constitutional law cases since taking his seat on the Court.  He has supported defendants’ position, at least in part, in 50 cases while supporting plaintiffs in 35 cases.  He supported defendants in 24 cases between 2001 and 2006 while voting for plaintiffs in 10 cases.  Between 2007 and 2015, he supported defendants in 17 of 30 cases.  Between 2016 and 2019, he has supported defendants in only six of 18 cases.

Justice Kilbride participated in 45 constitutional law cases which the defendant won at the Appellate Court.  He supported the appellant in 28 cases and voted to reverse 17 times.  Between 2001 and 2006, he supported defendants in 15 such cases while voting to reverse only three times.  From 2007 to 2014, he supported defendants in 11 of 18 cases.  Since 2015, he has supported defendants in only two of nine cases.

Justice Kilbride has participated in forty constitutional law cases lost by the defendant at the Appellate Court, voting for reversal in 22 cases and for affirmance in 18.  Between 2001 and 2012, he supported defendants in 15 of 24 cases.  Since that time, he has supported reversal in only seven of sixteen cases.

Join us back here next time as review Justice Thomas’ voting record.

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How Has Justice Garman Voted in Constitutional Law Cases?

Today, we’re beginning our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in civil constitutional law cases.

Justice Garman has participated in 84 civil constitutional law cases during her tenure, voting for the defendant, at least in part, in 51 cases and for the plaintiff 33 times.  She supported defendants in 10 of 12 cases in 2005 and 2006 and in all nine cases from 2010 to 2012.  Since 2013, she has voted for defendants in 15 cases while voting for plaintiffs in 16.

Justice Garman has participated in 45 constitutional law cases won by the defendant below, voting to affirm 28 times and to reverse, at least in part, in 17 cases.  Justice Garman evenly split her votes in ten cases between 2001 and 2004.  She then voted to affirm in all eight defense wins in 2005 and 2006.  She voted to affirm all ten defense wins from the Appellate Court between 2010 and 2014.  Justice Garman has voted to reverse, at least in part, in seven of nine defense wins from the Appellate Court since 2015.

Justice Garman has voted to reverse at least in part in 23 of 39 civil constitutional law cases since 2001.  She voted to reverse in four of five cases between 2001 and 2003.  Between 2004 and 2007, she voted to reverse in four of ten cases.  Between 2008 and 2012, she voted to reverse, in whole or in part, all seven defense losses from the Appellate Court.  Since that time, she has voted to reverse in eight of 17 cases.

Join us back here next Tuesday as we review two more Justices’ voting records in constitutional law cases.

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How Did Defendants Fare in Constitutional Law Cases Between 2010 and 2019?

Between 2010 and 2019, defendants in civil constitutional law cases at the Supreme Court split results almost evenly, winning 21 cases while losing 19.  Between 2010 and 2014, defendants won 13 of 16 games.  Since 2015, defendants have won eight while losing 16.

The Court reviewed 18 civil constitutional law cases won by the defendant at the Appellate Court.  Defendants won 10 of those cases, losing 8.  Defendants were 9-0 from 2010-2014, but successfully defended only one Appellate Court win out of nine since that time.

The Court has decided 22 civil constitutional law cases lost by the defendant below.  Defendants have won 11 of those cases and lost 11.  Defendants won six of ten between 2010 and 2015, but only five of twelve since that time.

Join us back here tomorrow as we begin our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in constitutional law cases.

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How Have Defendants in Constitutional Law Cases Fared Before the Supreme Court Since 1990 (Part 2)?

Between 2000 and 2009, defendants in civil cases involving constitutional law issues won 28 cases while losing only 16.  Defendants were 5-1 in 2001, 4-0 in 2005, 4-1 in 2006 and 6-2 in 2008.

Defendants were a good bit more successful in this decade at defending their Appellate Court wins than they had been in the nineties, winning 14 cases while losing only 10.  Defendants who won at the Appellate Court were 2-1 in 2001, 2-0 in 2003 and 5-0 in 2005 and 2006.

Defendants seeking to overturn losses from the Appellate Court had a successful decade as well, winning 14 while losing only 6.  Defendants won all four cases involving Appellate Court losses in 2001 and 2002.  They were 5-2 from 2006 to 2009.

Join us back here next week as we continue our review of the Court’s constitutional law cases.

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How Have Defendants in Constitutional Law Cases Fared at the Supreme Court Since 1990?

This week, we’re beginning a new area of law in our ongoing study of the individual Justices’ voting records – constitutional law cases.  First up, we’ll review defendants’ overall won-loss record, one decade at a time, and then look at the data in terms of defendants’ wins from the Appellate Court which were affirmed at the Supreme Court, and defendants’ losses which were reversed.

Between 1990 and 1999, defendants in constitutional law cases won 45 times at the Supreme Court while losing 39 cases.  In 1992, defendants won eight while losing only three.  On the other hand, in 1997, they won only two, losing seven.  The following year, they won ten, losing three.

Defendants had a rough time in successfully defending Appellate Court wins, winning only 15 times while losing 21.  Defendants were 5-1 defending lower court wins in 1992, but at or below .500 for the rest of the decade: 0-1 in 1993, 2-3 in 1994, 1-2 in 1995, 3-3 in 1996, 1-1 in 1997, 2-3 in 1998 and 0-3 in 1999.

Defendants fared better, however, in challenging Appellate Court losses.  For the decade, 25 defense losses were reversed at the Supreme Court while only 17 were affirmed.  Defendants were 4-2 in 1990, 3-2 in 1992, 5-3 in 1996 and 8-0 in 1998 and 1999.

Join us back here next time as we look at the data for the years 2000-2009.

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How Have Justices Theis and Neville Voted in Tort Cases?

Today, we’re concluding our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in tort cases. Justice Theis has participated in 55 tort cases since her tenure began in 2010. Justice Theis has voted for defendants in 38 of those cases and voted for plaintiffs 17 times. From 2010 to 2013, she voted for defendants 21 times and for plaintiffs only 5 times. From 2014 to 2017, she voted for defendants in 17 of 25 cases. Since that time, she has voted for plaintiffs in all four tort cases.

Since taking her seat on the Court, Justice Theis has participated in 12 tort cases won by the defendants below. She has evenly split her votes – six votes to affirm, six to reverse.

Justice Theis has participated in 43 tort cases lost by the defendant at the Appellate Court, voting to reverse, at least in part, 32 of those 43 cases. From 2010 to 2013, she voted to reverse in 18 of 22 cases. From 2014 to 2016, she voted to reverse in 10 of 14 cases.

Justice Neville has participated in three tort cases since joining the Court, voting for defendants once and for plaintiffs twice. Two of those three cases were won by the defendant below, with Justice Neville voting to reverse both times. One tort case was won by the defendant below, and Justice Neville voted to reverse.

Join us back here next Tuesday as we begin our review of a new area of law.

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How Has Chief Justice Burke Voted in Tort Cases?

For the past few weeks, we’ve been studying the Court’s collective and individual voting records in tort cases. Chief Justice Burke participated in ninety civil tort cases since taking her seat on the Court. She has voted for defendants’ position (at least in part) in 57 cases and voted for plaintiffs 33 times. Between 2006 and 2010, she cast 18 votes for defendants and 17 for plaintiffs. From 2011 to 2015, she voted for defendants 30 times and for plaintiffs in 8 cases. Since that time, she has cast nine votes for defendants and eight for plaintiffs.

Twenty-nine of these cases were won by the defendants at the Appellate Court. The Chief Justice voted to affirm 11 of those defense wins and voted to reverse 18 times. From 2006 to 2010, she voted to affirm only five times and voted to reverse in twelve cases. Since 2011, the Chief Justice has evenly split her votes in twelve cases – six to affirm, six to reverse.

The Chief Justice has participated in 62 tort cases lost by the defendants below. Since taking her seat, she has voted to reverse 46 times and voted to affirm 16 times. From 2006 to 2010, she voted to reverse defense losses 13 times and to affirm in 5 cases. Since that time, she has voted to reverse, at least in part, three-quarters of 44 tort defendants’ losses.

Join us back here tomorrow as we turn our attention to Justices Theis and Neville.

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How Has Justice Karmeier Voted in Tort Cases?

Since joining the Supreme Court, Justice Karmeier has participated in 109 tort cases. He has voted for defendants in 73 of those cases and for plaintiffs 36 times. Between 2005 and 2008, he voted for defendants in 23 cases and for plaintiffs 15 times. Between 2009 and 2012, he voted for defendants 26 times and for plaintiffs in 12 cases. Between 2013 and 2016, he voted for defendants 18 times in 22 cases. Between 2017 and 2019, he has voted for tort defendants six times in 11 cases.

During his tenure, Justice Karmeier has voted in 36 tort cases won by defendants below. He has voted to affirm in 19 of those cases, and supported plaintiffs’ position in 17 cases.

Between 2005 and 2008, Justice Karmeier voted for defendants ten times and for plaintiffs in 8. From 2009 to 2012, he voted for defendants in five of nine cases. Between 2013 and 2016, he voted for defendants in three of five cases. Between 2017 and 2019, he has voted for defendants in only one of four cases.

Since 2005, Justice Karmeier has participated in 73 tort cases lost by defendants below. He has voted to reverse, at least in part, 54 times and for plaintiffs in 19 cases. Between 2005 and 2008, Justice Karmeier voted to reverse in 13 of 20 defendants’ losses. Between 2009 and 2012, he voted to reverse in 21 of 29 cases. From 2013 to 2016, he voted to reverse in 15 of 17 cases. From 2017 to 2019, Justice Karmeier has voted to reverse, at least in part, in five of seven tort cases which defendants lost below.

Join us back here next Tuesday as we continue our examination of the Justices’ individual voting records in tort cases.

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