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How Was Dissent Distributed in Criminal Cases?

Yesterday, we took a closer look at last week’s analysis of the unanimity rate, asking how much of the docket was accounted for by one, two and three dissenter cases.  Over the entire period 1990-2017, 12.86% of the criminal decisions had one dissenter, 10.65% had two – both slightly below the rate in civil cases … Continue Reading

How Was Dissent Distributed in Civil Cases?

Last week, we discussed the evolution of the Court’s rate of unanimity in civil cases.  But of course, that analysis omits important variables – how was the dissent distributed?  It tells us something very different if, for example, the entire group of divided decisions were 6-1 or 4-3.  So this week, we’re looking at that … Continue Reading
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