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What Kinds of Civil Constitutional Law Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 2 – 2005-2019)?

Between 2005 and 2019, the Supreme Court decided 53 civil constitutional law cases.  Thirty-two of those cases involved challenges to state government actions.  Ten cases involved claims of individual rights.  Seven cases involved civil procedure and judicial issues.  Finally, four cases related to challenges to local government actions. Join us back here next Thursday as … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Civil Constitutional Law Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 1 – 1990-2004)?

In the past two weeks, we’ve taken a deeper look at the Supreme Court’s cases in two areas of law, asking which sub-areas those cases fall in.  Today, we’re moving on to another subject – civil constitutional law cases. Between 1990 and 2004, the Supreme Court decided ninety-six civil constitutional law cases.  Just short of … Continue Reading

How Have Justices Kruger and Groban Voted in Criminal Constitutional Law Cases?

Since joining the Court in 2015, Justice Kruger has participated in 20 criminal constitutional law cases.  She has evenly split her votes – 10 for defendants, 10 against. Only five of these cases were won by defendants below.  Justice Kruger voted to affirm two of those defendants’ wins and voted to reverse three times. The … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Cuellar Voted in Criminal Constitutional Law Cases?

Since joining the Court, Justice Cuellar has participated in twenty criminal constitutional law cases.  He has voted for defendants in 11 of those cases, and against them nine times. Only five of those cases were won by the defendant at the Court of Appeal.  Justice Cuellar voted to affirm three of those defense wins and … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Liu Voted in Criminal Constitutional Law Cases?

Since joining the Court, Justice Liu has voted in 36 criminal constitutional law cases.  He has split his votes right down the middle: 18 votes for defendants, 18 votes for prosecution. Fifteen of those cases were won by the defendants at the Court of Appeal.  Justice Liu voted to affirm in eight of those fifteen … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Voted in Criminal Constitutional Law Cases?

Since joining the Court, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has participated in 37 criminal constitutional law cases.  She has voted for defendants in 11 of those cases, and for prosecution in 26 cases. Fifteen of those cases were won by the defendants below.  The Chief Justice voted to affirm three of those decisions and voted to reverse … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Corrigan Voted in Criminal Constitutional Law Cases?

Since joining the Supreme Court, Justice Corrigan has participated in 76 criminal constitutional law cases.  She has voted for defendants in 17 cases and has voted against defendants 59 times.  Between 2006 and 2009, Justice Corrigan voted for defendants four times and against defendants 24 times.  Between 2010 and 2019, she voted for defendants 13 … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Chin Voted in Criminal Constitutional Law Cases?

Today, we’re beginning our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in criminal constitutional law cases.  From 1996 to 2019, Justice Chin participated in 136 such cases.  He voted for defendants in 32 cases and voted for the prosecution 104 times.  From 1996 to 1999, Justice Chin voted for defendants twice and for the prosecution … Continue Reading

How Did Criminal Defendants Fare in Constitutional Law Cases (2010-2019)?

Between 2010 and 2019, the Court decided 48 criminal constitutional law cases.  They voted for defendants 15 times and supported the prosecution in 33 cases.  From 2010 to 2014, the Court voted for defendants in only three cases while supporting the prosecution in 23 cases.  From 2015 to 2019, with the increase in Democratic appointees, … Continue Reading

How Did Criminal Constitutional Law Defendants Fare at the Supreme Court Between 2000 and 2009?

Between 2000 and 2009, the Supreme Court decided 72 criminal cases principally involving constitutional law.  Defendants won 18 of those cases and lost 54.  Between 2000 and 2002, defendants won nine cases and lost 16.  Between 2003 and 2006, defendants won seven cases and lost 21.  From 2007 to 2009, defendants won only two cases … Continue Reading

How Did Criminal Defendants Fare in Constitutional Law Cases Between 1990 and 1999?

Between 1990 and 1999, the Supreme Court decided 40 criminal cases principally involving constitutional law issues.  Defendants won seven of those cases and lost 33.  Between 1990 and 1992, defendants won four cases and lost seven.  Between 1993 and 1996, defendants won only two of 14 cases.  Between 1997 and 1999, defendants won only one … Continue Reading

How Have Justices Kruger and Groban Voted in Civil Constitutional Law Cases?

In this post, we’re concluding our review of the Justices’ voting records in civil constitutional law cases.  Since taking her seat, Justice Kruger has participated 16 civil constitutional law cases.  She has voted for defendants seven times and for plaintiffs in nine cases.  This includes voting for defendants in four of five cases in 2019. … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Cuellar Voted in Civil Constitutional Law Cases?

Justice Cuellar has participated in seventeen civil constitutional law cases since taking since seat on the Court.  He has voted for defendants in five of those cases and against defendants 12 times.  Between 2015 and 2017, he voted for defendants in only one of nine cases.  He voted against defendants in all three civil constitutional … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Liu Voted in Civil Constitutional Law Cases?

Justice Liu has participated in 21 civil cases primarily involving constitutional law issues since taking his seat in 2011.  He has voted for defendants in seven cases and against defendants 14 times.  Between 2012 and 2016, he voted against defendants in all eight constitutional law cases.  Since that time, he has voted for defendants in … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Voted in Constitutional Law Cases?

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has participated in 23 civil constitutional law cases since taking her seat in 2011, voting for defendants in only five cases while voting against defendants 18 times.  Between 2011 and 2016, the Chief Justice voted for defendants once while voting against defendants 10 times.  Between 2017 and 2019, the Chief Justice voted … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Corrigan Voted in Constitutional Law Cases?

Since joining the Court in 2006, Justice Corrigan has participated in 47 civil constitutional law cases, supporting the defendants in 18 cases and the plaintiffs 29 times.  Between 2006 and 2010, she voted for defendants in 12 cases and for plaintiffs 10 times.  Since that time, Justice Corrigan has supported defendants in civil constitutional law … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Chin Voted in Constitutional Law Cases?

Today, we begin our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in civil constitutional law cases.  During his tenure, Justice Chin has participated in 104 civil constitutional law cases, voting for defendants in 47 cases and against defendants 57 times.  Between 1996 and 1999, Justice Chin voted for defendants in six of 17 cases.  Justice … Continue Reading

How Did Defendants Fare in Constitutional Law Cases Between 2010 and 2019?

Between 2010 and 2019, defendants in civil constitutional law case have won only 10 of 29 cases.  Defendants were 4-0 in 2010, but then lost 12 straight cases from 2011 to 2016.  Since 2017, defendants have won six and lost seven. The Court has decided 11 civil constitutional law cases won by the defendants below.  … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants in Constitutional Law Cases Fared Since 1990 (Part 2 of 3)?

Last time, we reviewed the Court’s voting records for civil cases involving constitutional law issues between 1990 and 1999.  This time, we’re looking at the years 2000 through 2009.  Overall, defendants won 28 cases while losing 32.  Defendants were 9-6 for the years 2001-2002, but 4-6 in 2002 and 2-3 in both 2003 and 2004.  … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants in Constitutional Law Cases Fared Since 1990 (Part 1 of 3)?

Today, we’re taking up a new area of law in our examination of the Justices’ voting records – constitutional law.  Between 1990 and 1999, defendants in constitutional law cases won 25 cases and lost 36.  In 1991, defendants were 3-5.  They were 1-5 in 1993, 2-4 in 1994 and 5-14 from 1996 to 1999. Defendants … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Civil Constitutional Law Cases (Part 4 of 4)?

Today, we’re finishing our trip through the Court’s docket of civil constitutional law cases, 1990-2018. Civil constitutional law cases have been comparatively uncommon on the Court’s docket from 2014 to 2019.  The Court has heard only fifteen cases in all: one in 2014, two each in 2015 and 2016, five in 2017, three in 2018 … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Civil Constitutional Law Cases Since 1990 (Part 2)?

Last time, we reviewed the data for the Court’s civil constitutional law cases between 1990 and 1997.  This time, we’re looking at the numbers for the years 1998 to 2005. Constitutional law cases were slightly up for the years 1998 to 2005, with the Court deciding fifty-three civil constitutional law cases.  Specifically, the Court decided … Continue Reading

How Have Defendants Fared in Civil Constitutional Law Cases Since 1990 (Part 1)?

Today, we’re continuing our ongoing series of posts looking at the Court’s performance over the years, one area of law at a time.  This week, we’re looking at the Court’s history with civil constitutional law cases (for purposes of this analysis, we’re disregarding the constitutional law cases which arise in criminal cases). Between 1990 and … Continue Reading
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