Justice Lloyd Karmeier

Today, we’re reviewing the pattern of Justice Karmeier’s questions in oral argument on criminal cases.

When Justice Karmeier joins the majority of a simple affirmance or reversal, his questions show the expected pattern – he tends to more heavily question the losing side.  In affirmances, he averages 1.88 questions to appellants and 0.68 to appellees. 

For the past few weeks, we’ve been reviewing the oral argument questioning of individual Justices, attempting to answer this question: if the Court as a whole is likely to more heavily question the party who will lose the case, what about Justices planning to dissent from that result?  This week, we’re looking at Justice Karmeier’s

Since joining the Supreme Court, Justice Karmeier has participated in 109 tort cases. He has voted for defendants in 73 of those cases and for plaintiffs 36 times. Between 2005 and 2008, he voted for defendants in 23 cases and for plaintiffs 15 times. Between 2009 and 2012, he voted for defendants 26 times and