Last week, we continued our analysis of Justice Werdegar’s career by reviewing her majority opinions in criminal cases.
We report Justice Werdegar’s dissents in criminal cases, year by year, in Table 204. Justice Werdegar wrote two dissents in 1995, five in 1997, three in 1998, two in 1999 and three in 2000. Justice Werdegar wrote two dissents in 2002 and 2003, one in 2004, two in 2005, six in 2006, two in 2007 and one in 2008. She wrote four dissents in 2010, six in 2011, three in 2012, two in 2013, one in 2014, three in 2015 and one in 2016.
We report Justice Werdegar’s dissents in criminal cases by area of law in Table 205. During her twenty-three years on the Court, she has written two dissents in cases involving juvenile issues, fourteen in constitutional law cases and thirteen in death penalty cases. She has written five relating to criminal procedure, four involving the elements of violent crimes, seven involving sentencing law, one involving habeas corpus law, four involving sexual offenses and one involving driving offenses.
In Table 206, we report the percentage of Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions in criminal cases, subject by subject, in which the prosecution prevailed. The prosecution prevailed in 88.24% of Justice Werdegar’s death penalty majority opinions. The prosecution won 85.71% of Justice Werdegar’s cases involving the elements of violent crimes. The prosecution won two-thirds of Justice Werdegar’s cases involving juvenile issues, 58.33% of constitutional law cases, 100% of case involving property crimes, financial crimes and sexual offenses, 76.67% of cases involving criminal procedure, 52.94% of cases involving sentencing law, sixty percent of habeas corpus cases, half of cases involving drug offenses, and none of the majority opinions involving political offenses and mental health issues.
Join us back here next Thursday as we turn our attention to another aspect of Justice Werdegar’s career.