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How Has Justice Thomas Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Justice Thomas has participated in 80 criminal sentencing cases since joining the Court, siding with defendants 22 times and against them in 58 cases.  From 2001 to 2004, he voted for defendants in five of 21 cases.  From 2005 to 2009, he voted for defendants in six of 21 cases.  From 2010 to 2014, he … Continue Reading

Analytics Post No. 1000 – How Has Justice Kilbride Voted in Criminal Sentencing Cases?

Since joining the Court, Justice Kilbride has voted in 80 criminal sentencing cases.  He has voted for defendants’ position 30 times and against defendants in the remaining 50 cases.  From 2001 to 2004, he voted for defendants in 10 of 21 cases.  From 2005 to 2009, he voted for defendants in nine of 21 cases.  … Continue Reading

How Did Defendants Fare in Criminal Sentencing Cases at the Supreme Court 1990-1999?

Today, we’re beginning our review of the Supreme Court’s voting record in criminal sentencing cases. Between 1990 and 1999, the Court decided 50 criminal sentencing cases.  The Court found for the defendant 17 times and against defendants in 33 cases.  Between 1990 and 1994, defendants won only four of 21 cases.  From 1995 to 1999, … Continue Reading

How Have Justices Theis and Neville Voted in Criminal Procedure Cases?

Justice Theis participated in 82 criminal procedure cases between the time she joined the Court and the end of 2019.  She voted for defendants’ position in 24 of those cases and against the defendants 58 times.  From 2010 to 2014, she voted for defendants 11 times and against defendants in 33 cases.  From 2015 to … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Thomas Voted in Criminal Procedure Cases?

Since joining the Court, Justice Thomas has participated in 203 criminal procedure cases.  He has voted for defendants 58 times and against them in 145 cases.  Between 2001 and 2004, Justice Thomas voted for defendants 12 times and against them in 31 cases.  Between 2005 and 2009, Justice Thomas voted for defendants 26 times and … Continue Reading

How Have Non-Government Entities Fared in Cases Involving Governmental Agencies and Officers and Administrative Law (2014-2019)

The Court’s docket of government and administrative law cases is up a bit over the past six years, increasing to forty cases: seven in 2014, eight in 2015, eleven in 2016, nine in 2017, four in 2018 and one (up to early May) in 2019. Nineteen of the Court’s cases were won by the government … Continue Reading

How Have Non-Government Entities Fared in Cases Involving Governmental Agencies and Officers and Administrative Law (2006-2013)

Cases involving government and administrative law fell substantially between 2006 to 2013. During those eight years, the Court decided thirty-eight cases: eight in 2006, four in 2007, one in 2008, five in 2009, two in 2010, seven in 2011, five in 2012 and six in 2013. The Court decided twenty cases won by the defender … Continue Reading

How Have Non-Government Entities Fared in Cases Involving Governmental Agencies and Officers and Administrative Law (1998-2005)?

Between 1998 and 2005, the Court decided a total of fifty-four cases involving government officers, agencies and powers: five per year in 1998, 1999 and 2000, six in 2001, eight in 2002, ten in 2003, eight in 2004 and seven in 2005. Two-thirds of those government/admin cases were won at the Appellate Court by the … Continue Reading

How Have Non-Government Entities Fared in Cases Involving Governmental Agencies and Officers and Administrative Law (1990-1997)?

Today, we begin our analysis of one of the Court’s most common areas on concern – cases involving governmental entities and administrative law.  As usual, we’ll begin with the first eight years – 1990-1997. Between 1990 and 1997, the Court decided forty-eight cases which involved governmental entities and officers and administrative law: nine in 1990, … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Civil Constitutional Law Cases at the Supreme Court (Part 4)?

Today, we conclude our trip through the Court’s civil constitutional law cases. Between 2014 and 2019, the Court has decided twenty-seven civil constitutional law cases: four in 2014, five in 2015, six in 2016, three in 2017, five in 2018 and two to date in 2019. The Court tended to take slightly more plaintiffs wins … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ Civil Dockets Compare (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began a multi-day crossover post comparing the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ civil (and later in the week, criminal) dockets, how they compare to each other and how they evolved over time. Today, we’re comparing the Courts’ dockets from 2004 to 2017. We showed last time that the Illinois Supreme Court decided 139 … Continue Reading

How Do the Illinois and California Supreme Courts’ Civil Dockets Compare (Part 1)?

After reading this shout-out to our ongoing series of posts, both here and at the California Supreme Court Review, tracing how the courts’ civil and criminal dockets have evolved over time, I thought it was time for another cross-over series, both here and at CSCR. So, today and tomorrow, we’re looking at the two courts’ … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Cases Involving Property Crimes Since 1990?

Yesterday, we took a close look at the Court’s arbitration cases since 1990.  Today, we’re on the criminal side of the docket, looking at the Court’s cases involving property crimes.  Less than a third of the Court’s property crime cases were won by the prosecution below – only 31.58%.  Oddly, the Court reversed 83.33% of … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Arbitration Cases Since 1990?

Last week, we turned our attention to two new two areas of law in our ongoing review of the Court’s decision making – on the civil side, arbitration cases, and on the criminal side, cases involving property crimes.  Today, we’re taking a more in-depth look at the Court’s arbitration decisions. Since 1990, a lopsided proportion … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Involving Property Crimes Does the Court Decide a Year?

Last time, we reviewed the Court’s experience with arbitration law cases since 1990.  Now we’re reviewing the Court’s decisions involving property crimes (burglary, forgery, etc.)  Since 1990, the Court has decided nineteen cases involving property crime issues. The Court decided two cases in 1990, one in 1991 and three in 1992. The Court decided one … Continue Reading

How Many Arbitration Cases Does the Court Decide a Year?

This week, we’re turning our attention to two new areas of law in the Court’s civil and criminal dockets: arbitration law and cases involving property crimes.  Since 1990, the Court has decided seventeen cases involving arbitration law. The Court decided one arbitration case in 1991, two in 1992 and one in 1995. The Court decided … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Criminal Cases Involving Sexual Offenses Since 1990?

Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year numbers for the Illinois Supreme Court’s history with two new areas of the law: civil cases involving employment law and criminal cases involving sexual offenses. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the sexual offense cases. Since 1990, fifty-five percent of the criminal sexual offense cases which the Court … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Involving Sexual Offenses Does the Court Decide a Year?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s yearly docket of employment law cases over on the civil side.  Today, we’re in the criminal docket – how many cases does the Court decide per year involving sexual offenses?  Since 1990, the Court has decided thirty-seven criminal cases involving sexual offense issues. The Court decided one case in 1990, … Continue Reading

How Many Employment Law Cases Has the Court Decided a Year Since 1990?

This week, we’re beginning our review of the Court’s history with two new areas of law: employment law on the civil side, and prosecutions for sex offenses on the criminal side. Since 1990, the Court has decided only twenty-four cases primarily involving issues of employment law.  We review the year-by-year data below.  The Court decided … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Attorney Disciplinary Cases Since 1990?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s experience since 1990 with tax law cases. Today, we’re looking at the Court’s history with attorney disciplinary cases. For the entire period, the Court decided 40 disciplinary cases. Attorney challengers won 55% of the cases the Court heard below. The Court reversed cases won by attorney challengers 45.45% of the … Continue Reading

How Many Attorney Disciplinary Cases Has the Court Decided a Year?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s docket of tax cases.  Today, we’re reviewing the Court’s yearly attorney disciplinary cases.  Between 1990 and 2017, the Court has decided forty-three attorney disciplinary cases. The Court decided ten attorney disciplinary cases in 1990, five in 1991, four in 1992, two in 1993, two in 1994 and one in 1995. … Continue Reading

How Many Tax Cases Does the Court Decide a Year?

For the last two weeks, we’ve been taking a close look at the Court’s docket of cases involving workers compensation on the civil side, and the elements of violent crimes on the criminal side.  Today, we’re starting our look at two new topics: tax law and attorney disciplinary decisions.  First, for the civil docket, we’re … Continue Reading
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