In this post and the next, we’re concluding our review of the Court’s unanimity rate in civil cases set against changes in the Court’s party alignment.

Despite changes in four of the Court’s seven seats during these eleven years, the party alignment of the Court remained the same throughout – four Democrats, three Republicans.  As

This week, we’re tracking the Supreme Court’s unanimity rate in civil cases, matched against the evolving party alignment of the Justices.  Last time, we reviewed the data for the 1990s.  Today, we’re reviewing the data for the years 2001 through 2010.

With Democrat Thomas Kilbride having replaced James Heiple in the final days of 2000,