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How Has Justice Garman Voted on Criminal Constitutional Law Cases?

Since joining the Court, Justice Garman has voted in 221 criminal constitutional law cases.  She has voted for defendants in 67 cases and for the prosecution in 154.  From 2001 to 2009, Justice Garman voted for defendants in 42 cases and for the prosecution 86 times.  From 2010 to 2019, she supported the defendants 25 … Continue Reading

How Did Criminal Defendants Fare in Constitutional Law Cases at the Supreme Court (2010-2019)?

Today, we’re reviewing the Court’s record with criminal constitutional law cases across the decade just concluded.  Between 2010 and 2019, the Court decided 92 criminal constitutional law cases.  Defendants won 27 of those cases and lost 65.  From 2010 to 2012, defendants won five and lost 19.  From 2013 to 2016, the defendants won 10 … Continue Reading

How Have Criminal Defendants Fared at the Supreme Court in Constitutional Law Cases (2000-2009)?

The Supreme Court decided 150 criminal constitutional law cases between 2000 and 2009.  The Court ruled for defendants in 58 cases and against defendants in the remaining 92.  Between 2000 and 2002, the defendants won 22 cases and lost 23.  Between 2003 and 2006, defendants won 27 cases and lost 46.  Between 2007 and 2009, … Continue Reading

How Have Criminal Defendants Fared at the Supreme Court in Constitutional Law Cases (1990-1999)?

This week and next, we’re taking a break from our review of the Justices’ voting records in areas of civil law to look at criminal constitutional law cases.  First, we’re reviewing the Court’s overall record in these cases. The Court decided 143 criminal cases between 1990 and 1999 involving constitutional law issues.  Criminal defendants won … Continue Reading

Reviewing the Voting Records of Justices Theis and Neville in Civil Procedure Cases

Justice Theis has participated in 47 civil procedure cases since taking her seat in 2011.  She has supporting plaintiffs in 22 cases and voted for defendants 27 times.  From 2011 to 2015, she voted for plaintiffs 12 times and for defendants in 17 cases. From 2016 to 2019, she split her votes evenly in 20 … Continue Reading

Reviewing Chief Justice Burke’s Voting Record in Civil Procedure Cases

Chief Justice Burke participated in 63 civil procedure cases between 2007 and 2019, voting for plaintiffs in 30 cases and for defendants 33 times.  From 2007 to 2010, she split her votes in 14 cases between plaintiffs and defendants. From 2011 to 2015, she voted for plaintiffs 13 times and for defendants in 16 cases.  … Continue Reading

Reviewing Justice Karmeier’s Voting Record in Civil Procedure Cases

Justice Karmeier has participated in 77 civil procedure cases since he joined the Court in 2005.  He has voted for plaintiffs in 30 of those cases and voted against plaintiffs 47 times.  From 2005 to 2010, Justice Karmeier voted for plaintiffs in 11 of 28 cases.  From 2011 to 2015, he voted for plaintiffs in … Continue Reading

Reviewing Justice Thomas’ Voting Record in Civil Procedure Cases

Since joining the Court, Justice Thomas has participated in 98 civil procedure cases.  He has voted for plaintiffs’ position in 40 of those cases and against plaintiffs in 58.  From 2001 to 2005, Justice Thomas voted for plaintiffs in 14 of 32 cases.  From 2006 to 2010, he voted for plaintiffs eight times and against … Continue Reading

Reviewing Justice Kilbride’s Voting Record in Civil Procedure Cases

Justice Kilbride has participated in 103 civil procedure cases since joining the Court, voting for plaintiffs 52 times and for defendants in 51 cases.  Between 2001 and 2005, he voted for plaintiffs in 18 of 33 cases.  Between 2006 and 2010, he voted for plaintiffs in 11 of 21 cases.  From 2011 to 2015, he … Continue Reading

Reviewing Justice Garman’s Voting Record in Civil Procedure Cases

Since joining the Court in 2001, Justice Garman has participated in 104 cases primarily involving civil procedure issues.  She has supported plaintiffs’ position in 43 of those cases and has supported defendants in 61.  That record has been relatively consistent across time – she supported plaintiffs in 14 of 32 cases from 2001 to 2005, … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Civil Procedure Cases Between 2010 and 2019?

Between 2010 and 2019, the Supreme Court decided fifty-four cases primarily involving civil procedure issues.  Defendants won 30 of those cases and lost 24.  Between 2010 and 2012, defendants were 11-5.  Between 2013 and 2017, defendants won only nine of nineteen cases.  Over the past two years, defendants were 10-9. The Court decided 24 cases … Continue Reading

How Did Defendants Fare in Civil Procedure Cases Between 2000 and 2009?

Between 2000 and 2009, the Supreme Court decided 54 civil procedure cases.  Defendants won 28 cases and lost 26.  Defendants were 9-5 in 2000 and 2001 and stayed near .500 for the rest of the decade. The Court decided 23 cases won by the defendants at the Appellate Court.  The Court affirmed 11 of those … Continue Reading

How Did Defendants in Civil Procedure Cases Fare at the Supreme Court 1990-1999?

This week in our ongoing review of the Justices’ voting records in various areas of law, we’re beginning our look at civil procedure cases.  The Court decided 116 cases from 1990 to 1999 involving issues of civil procedure between 1990 and 1999.  Defendants won 61 of those cases and plaintiffs won 55 cases.  Defendants were … Continue Reading

How Have Justices Theis and Neville Voted in Civil Constitutional Law Cases?

Since joining the Supreme Court in 2011, Justice Theis has participated in 35 civil constitutional law cases.  She has voted for defendants in 21 cases and for plaintiffs in 14 cases.  From 2015 to 2019, Justice Theis has evenly split her voting in 24 cases – 12 times for defendants and 12 against them. Justice … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Burke Voted in Civil Constitutional Law Cases?

Chief Justice Burke has participated in 50 civil constitutional law cases since taking her seat.  She has split her votes right down the middle, supporting defendants 25 times and voting for plaintiffs in 25 cases.  Between 2006 and 2012, she voted for defendants in 14 cases and against them seven times.  Between 2013 and 2019, … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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, … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading
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