Since taking her seat, Chief Justice Burke has voted in 125 criminal constitutional law cases. She has voted for defendants in 49 of those cases, and against them 76 times. Between 2006 and 2009, she voted for defendants in 13 cases and against them 21 times. Between 2010 and 2019, she supported defendants 36 times and supported the prosecution in 55 cases.
Seventy-five of those cases were won by the defendants at the Appellate Court. The Chief Justice voted to affirm 28 of those wins and voted to reverse, in whole or in part, 47 times. Between 2006 and 2009, Chief Justice Burke voted to affirm eight times and to reverse in 13 cases. Between 2010 and 2019, she voted to affirm in 20 cases and to reverse 34 times.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice Burke participated in 48 criminal constitutional law cases lost by the defendants at the Appellate Court. She voted to reverse in 21 of those cases and to affirm 27 times. Between 2006 and 2009, she voted to reverse five times in thirteen total cases. Between 2010 and 2019, she voted to reverse 16 times and to affirm in 19 cases.
Join us back here next week as we wrap up our review of the Justices’ voting records on criminal constitutional law cases.