Since joining the Court, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has participated in 59 criminal procedure cases. She has voted for defendants in 18 cases and against defendants 41 times. From 2011 to 2014, she supported defendants’ position in seven cases and voted against them 23 times. From 2015 to 2019, she voted for defendants 11 times and against them 18 times.
Defendants won only 18 of these cases below. The Chief Justice voted to affirm only three of these defense wins, voting to reverse in whole or in part 15 times. From 2011 to 2014, she voted to affirm three of twelve decisions. From 2015 to 2019, she voted to reverse all six criminal procedure decisions won by defendants at the Court of Appeal.
Forty-two of these cases were lost by defendants at the Court of Appeal level. The Chief Justice voted to reverse, in whole or in part, in 15 of these cases, and to affirm 27 times. From 2011 to 2014, the Chief Justice voted to reverse four times and to affirm in 13 cases. From 2015 to 2019, she voted to reverse 11 times and to affirm in 14 cases.
Join us back here tomorrow morning as we continue our review of the Justices’ voting records.