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Tracking the Justices’ Majority Opinions in Criminal Cases, 2010-2015

Yesterday, we began our examination of the Court’s majority opinions in the past six years by analyzing the opinions in civil cases.  Today, we turn our attention to the Court’s majority opinions criminal cases between 2010 and 2015. We begin by once again reviewing the number of opinions written by each Justice.  In 2010, Chief … Continue Reading

Tracking the Justices’ Majority Opinions in Civil Cases, 2010-2015

For the past few weeks, we’ve been tracking the Justices’ individual majority opinions, looking at whether any of the Justices tend to write longer (or shorter) majority opinions.  Today, we’ve reached the majority opinions in the Court’s civil cases between 2010 and 2015. We begin as usual by reviewing the number of majority opinions written … Continue Reading

Tracking the Justices’ Majority Opinions in Criminal Cases, 2005-2009

Last week, we began analyzing the Justices’ individual records, tracking whether any Justices tended to write longer or shorter majority opinions than other Justices do.  Today, we address the Court’s criminal opinions between 2005 and 2009. In Table 390, we review the distribution of majority opinions between 2005 and 2009 in the criminal docket.  Chief … Continue Reading

Tracking the Justices’ Majority Opinions in Civil Cases, 2005-2009

Last week, we turned our attention to the individual Justices’ records, analyzing whether any of the Justices tend to consistently write either longer or shorter majority opinions than other members of the Court do.  Today, we turn our attention to the Court’s civil opinions between 2005 and 2009. In Table 388, we review the data … Continue Reading

Tracking the Justices’ Majority Opinions in Criminal Cases, 2000-2004

Yesterday, we began our analysis of the individual Justices’ track records with respect to majority opinions, beginning with civil opinions between 2000 and 2004.  Today, we compare that data to the Justices’ opinions in criminal cases during the same years. Once again, we begin by reviewing the data we first reported a few weeks ago … Continue Reading

Tracking the Justices’ Majority Opinions in Civil Cases, 2000-2004

Today, we begin a new area in our analysis of the individual Justices’ records.  Do any of the Justices tend to write longer (or shorter) majority opinions, and how do the majority opinions in civil cases compare to the criminal majorities?  We begin by considering the civil opinions between 2000 and 2004. For context, we … Continue Reading

Who Writes the Most Majority Opinions in Criminal Cases on the Illinois Supreme Court (Part 3 – 2010-2015)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been tracking the history, year-by-year, of which Justices most frequently author the Court’s majority opinion in civil and criminal cases, both when the Court is divided and when the Court is unanimous.  Today, we turn our attention to the Court’s criminal docket for the years 2010 through 2015. For … Continue Reading

Who Writes the Most Majority Opinions in Civil Cases on the Illinois Supreme Court (Part 3 – 2010-2015)?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been assessing the changing patterns, year by year, in which Justices most frequently speak for the Court in majority opinions on both the civil and criminal sides of the docket. Today, we address the civil docket between 2010 and 2015. In Table 372 below, we report the total majority … Continue Reading

Who Writes the Most Majority Opinions in Criminal Cases on the Illinois Supreme Court (Part 2 – 2005-2009)?

Yesterday, we discussed the distribution of majority opinions in civil cases at the Illinois Supreme Court between 2005 and 2009.  Today, we turn to the distribution of majorities in criminal cases during the same years. For 2005, non-unanimous majorities in criminal cases were evenly spread among the Justices, with Chief Justice McMorrow and Justices Garman, … Continue Reading

Who Writes the Most Majority Opinions in Civil Cases on the Illinois Supreme Court (Part 2 – 2005-2009)?

Last week, we began our review of the individual Justices’ work on the Illinois Supreme Court.  We started with a look at how authorship of majority opinions was distributed year by year between 2000 and 2004.  Today, we turn to majority opinions in civil cases between 2005 and 2009. In Table 364 below, we report … Continue Reading

Who Writes the Most Majority Opinions in Criminal Cases on the Illinois Supreme Court (Part 1 – 2000-2004)?

Yesterday, we began our analysis of the work of the individual Justices at the Illinois Supreme Court by analyzing the distribution of majority opinions in civil cases between 2000 and 2004. Today, we turn our attention to the Court’s criminal docket during those same years. Between 2000 and 2002, the non-unanimous majority opinions in criminal … Continue Reading

Who Writes the Most Majority Opinions in Civil Cases on the Illinois Supreme Court (Part 1 – 2000-2004)?

Today, we begin a new phase of our analysis of the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent history, as we turn our attention to the work of the individual Justices. Over the next two months, we’ll be assessing how influential individual Justices appear to be in swaying the Court to their point of view. First up: have … Continue Reading
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