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How Has the Court Decided Cases Involving the Elements of Violent Crimes Since 1991?

Last time, we took a close look at the workers compensation cases the Court has decided since 1991.  Now let’s turn our attention to the criminal docket – specifically, the Court’s decisions involving the elements of violent crimes.  The Court’s cases have been almost equally distributed by winner below – 49.47% of the Court’s cases … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Involving the Elements of Violent Crimes Has the Court Decided a Year?

Yesterday, we looked at the Court’s history with workers compensation cases.  Today, we’re in the criminal docket, reviewing the Court’s history with cases involving the elements of violent crimes.  The Court has decided ninety-three such cases between 1991 and 2017. The Court decided one such case in 1991, three in 1992, one in 1993, four … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Juvenile Justice Cases Since 1991?

Yesterday, we reviewed in detail the Court’s domestic relations decisions since 1991.  Today, we’re on the criminal law side of the docket, looking at the Court’s juvenile justice decisions. Overall, 56.94% of the Court’s juvenile justice decisions were won by the State below.  The reversal rate was almost identical, regardless of who won below – … Continue Reading

How Has the Court Decided Domestic Relations Cases Since 1991?

Last week, we reviewed the yearly numbers for the Court’s domestic relations cases on the civil side and juvenile justice decisions from the criminal docket.  Today and tomorrow, we’re taking a closer look at those numbers. In all, the Court has decided forty-two cases arising from domestic relations disputes.  We code as “conservative” decisions cases … Continue Reading

How Many Criminal Cases Has the Court Decided a Year Involving Juvenile Justice Issues?

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s domestic relations cases on the civil side of the docket.  Today, we’re beginning our analysis of the seventy-seven decisions the Court handed down between 1991 and 2017 which principally involved juvenile justice issues. The Court had no juvenile cases in 1991, but two in 1992, three in … Continue Reading

How Have Habeas Corpus Defendants Fared at the Supreme Court Since 1991?

Last time, we took a detailed look at how insurers and policyholders have fared at the Supreme Court since 1991.  Today, we’re in the criminal docket, looking at the Court’s habeas corpus decisions. Because a substantial portion of the Court’s total habeas corpus caseload is death penalty cases which come straight to the Supreme Court … Continue Reading

How Many Insurance Law Cases Has the Court Decided a Year?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Court’s government and administrative law cases on the civil side and sentencing law cases on the criminal docket.  This week and next, we’re looking at the Court’s insurance law and habeas corpus cases. Between 1991 and 2017, the Court decided seventy-three insurance law cases.  In 1991, … Continue Reading

What Kind of Criminal Sentencing Law Case is the Court Most Likely to Hear?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s record with civil cases involving governmental parties and administrative law.  Today, we’re on the criminal law side of the docket, reviewing the Court’s experience with cases involving criminal sentencing. Not surprisingly (given the percentage of criminal law appellate decisions won by the government), the Court has heard more prosecution wins … Continue Reading

How Many Cases Has the Court Decided a Year Involving the Law of Criminal Sentencing?

Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s record with civil cases involving governmental parties and administrative law.  Today, we’re looking at the Court’s decisions involving the law of criminal sentencing. The Court decided one sentencing law case in 1992, ten in 1993, two in 1994, eight in 1995 and seven in 1996. The Court decided nine cases … Continue Reading

How Many Government and Administrative Law Cases Has the Court Decided a Year?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been looking at the Court’s record with death penalty cases.  This week and next, we’re turning our attention to the court’s civil cases involving governmental parties and administrative law, and on the criminal side, sentencing law cases.  Let’s start with government/administrative law cases. The Court decided eleven government cases … Continue Reading

Adjusted for Population, How Do the California and Illinois Supreme Courts Compare With Respect to Their Death Penalty Caseloads?

[The posts for yesterday and today are cross-posted, in slightly revised form, from the Illinois Supreme Court Review.] Yesterday, we compared the California and Illinois Supreme Court’s death penalty case loads between 1992, the beginning of our California data, through 2010, when Illinois abolished the death penalty.  We found that in the years prior to … Continue Reading

How Do the California and Illinois Supreme Courts Compare With Respect to Death Penalty Judgments?

[The posts for today and tomorrow are cross-posted, in slightly revised form, from the Illinois Supreme Court Review.] For the past two weeks, we’ve been taking a detailed look at the death penalty jurisprudence of the California Supreme Court and, at our sister blog the Illinois Supreme Court Review, the Illinois Supreme Court.  This week, … Continue Reading

What Kind of Criminal Procedure Case Is the Court Most Likely to Hear?

Yesterday, we examined the nature of the civil procedure cases the Court has taken since 1992, and the Court’s reversal rates in each category.  Today, we’re looking at the Court’s criminal procedure decisions. Overall, the Court has taken somewhat more cases which the prosecution won below than defendants’ wins – 138 to 115.  The Court … Continue Reading
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