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Who Has Been the Bellwether Vote in Divided Criminal Cases (2004-2018)?

Last time, we began our review of the data on the criminal docket regarding how often each of the Justices voted with the majority in divided criminal cases between 1990 and 2003.  Today, we’re reviewing the years 2004 through 2018. In Table 1001, we review the most recent data for Justices Burke, Fitzgerald, Freeman, Garman, … Continue Reading

Who Has Been the Bellwether Vote in Divided Criminal Cases (1990-2003)?

Last week, we reviewed the data showing how often each Justice voted with the majority in a divided civil case.  This week, we’re looking at the criminal docket. In Table 997, we review the numbers for five Justices – Bilandic, Calvo, Clark, Cunningham and Fitzgerald.  Justice Bilandic was, for the most part, between sixty and … Continue Reading

Who Has Been the Bellwether Vote in Divided Civil Cases (2004-2018)?

Last time, we began our examination of a new question: who has most often been a bellwether vote – a Justice who is nearly always in the majority in a divided decision – in civil cases?  Then, we reviewed the years 1990-2003.  Now, we’re taking a look at the years 2004-2018. In Table 995, we … Continue Reading

Who Has Been the Bellwether Vote in Divided Civil Cases (1990-2003)?

On the vast majority of appellate courts, there are one or two Justices of whom appellate specialists say “they’re the votes you’ve got to have” – or alternatively, “lose those votes and you’re hurting.”  No matter the case, those Justices nearly always seem to be in the majority.  There can be at least a couple … Continue Reading

Which Justices Most Often Voted With the Majority in Criminal Cases (Part 2 – 2008-2015)?

Yesterday, we reviewed the frequency with which the Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court voted in the majority in divided civil cases between 2008 and 2015. Today, we turn our attention to the Court’s non-unanimous criminal cases for the same years. We report the data in Table 383 below.  In 2008, Justice Fitzgerald led the … Continue Reading

Which Justices Most Often Voted With the Majority in Civil Cases (Part 2 – 2008-2015)?

Last week, we turned our attention to tracking how often each Justice voted with the majority in cases in which the Court reached a divided decision.  In Part 1 of our series, we addressed the years 2000 through 2007.  Today, we turn our attention to the Court’s civil docket between 2008 and 2015. In Table … Continue Reading

Which Justices Most Often Voted With the Majority in Criminal Cases (Part 1 – 2000-2007)?

Yesterday, we turned our attention to determining which Justices most often voted with the majority in non-unanimous civil decisions between 2000 and 2007.  Today, we address the same question for non-unanimous criminal cases. The Court decided an unusually high number of non-unanimous criminal cases in 2000, so the Table shows spikes that year across the … Continue Reading

Which Justices Most Often Voted With the Majority in Civil Cases (Part 1 – 2000-2007)?

Last week, we wrapped up our consideration of which Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court most often spoke for the Court in the majority opinion.  Today, we approach the issue of the individual Justices’ influence in another way: which Justices most often voted with the majority in non-unanimous cases? The data for civil cases between … Continue Reading
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