Last week, we continued our close look at the individual Justices’ writing with a review of the majority opinions in civil cases between 2005 and 2009. This week, we consider which Justices wrote the longest and shortest (and most frequent) special concurrences and dissents during those years.
Between 2005 and 2009, Justice Kilbride wrote the most special concurrences in civil cases, followed by Justices Freeman, Thomas and Karmeier.
Even using three-year floating averages in place of year-by-year data, our results on the mean length of special concurrences between 2005 and 2009 are somewhat skewed by a small number of quite lengthy concurrences. Nevertheless, it is clear that special concurrences were growing somewhat longer during these years.
Tomorrow, we’ll take a close look at the Justices’ dissents between 2005 and 2009.