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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

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 Have Defendants Fared in Constitutional Law Cases at the Supreme Court (Part 3)?

Today, we’re continuing our series of posts on the Court’s experience since 1990 with civil constitutional law cases. Constitutional law cases continued to drop sharply as a share of the civil docket between 2006 and 2013, as the Court decided only twenty-nine cases.  The Court decided five cases in 2006, two in 2007, eight in … Continue Reading

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

Earlier today, we began our review of the Court’s history with civil constitutional law cases, starting with the years 1990 through 1997.  This time, we’re looking at the next eight years: 1998 to 2005. Constitutional law cases were down during this period.  After deciding sixty-five cases between 1990 and 1997, the Court decided only forty-nine … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Constitutional Law Cases at the Supreme Court Since 1990 (Part 1)?

Last time, we completed our review of the Court and Justices’ voting records on employment law cases.  This week, we’re taking a look at the Court’s history with civil constitutional law cases (we also track constitutional law cases on the criminal law docket, but those cases are not included in the data below). Throughout the … Continue Reading
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