Last week, we analyzed Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions in civil cases. This week, we’ll look at Justice Werdegar’s opinions in criminal cases.
We report Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions, year by year, in criminal cases in Table 202. Justice Werdegar’s high points have come in 1996, 2007 and 2008, with ten majority opinions each year. She wrote eight majority opinions in criminal cases in 1995, four in 1997, five in 1998, six in 1999, eight in 2000 and five in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. She wrote five majority opinions in 2005 and five in 2006. In 2009, she wrote seven majority opinions in criminal cases. She wrote eight majorities in 2010, seven in 2011, nine in 2012, six in 2013, seven in 2014, nine in 2015, eight in 2016 and one in 2017.
In Table 203, we report Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions in criminal cases, divided by area of law. Justice Werdegar has written fifty-five majority opinions in death penalty appeals and thirty-two majorities in criminal procedures cases. She has written nine opinions in cases involving juvenile issues, twelve in constitutional law cases, three in property crimes cases, seven in cases involving the elements of violent crimes, seventeen in sentencing cases, fifteen in habeas corpus cases, one in a case involving financial crimes, two in cases involving sexual offenses, two in cases involving drug crimes, one in a case involving political crimes, and one in a case involving mental health issues.
Join us back here tomorrow as we continue our analysis of Justice Werdegar’s voting record in criminal cases.