Justice Kruger has voted with the majority in 94.06% of all civil cases.  She was in the majority in 96.3% of cases in 2015, 83.33% in 2016, 90.48% in 2017, 100% in 2018, 97.06% in 2019, 96.55% in 2020 and 100% up to our cut-off point in 2021.

Justice Kruger has voted with the majority in 96.6% of her criminal cases.  She was with the majority in every case in 2015 and 2020.  She was with the majority in every case but one in 2016 – 98.08%.  Her other years were comparable to each other – 95.24% in 2017, 94% in 2018, 95.12% in 2019, 93.55% in 2021.

Join us back here next week for the conclusion of our review of Justice Kruger’s tenure.

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Since joining the Court, Justice Kruger has voted to affirm in civil cases 71 times.  She has cast split votes – affirm in part, reverse in part – 21 times and has voted to reverse 110 times.  Affirm votes have outnumbered votes to reverse in only one year: 2018 (13 affirm, 11 reverse).

Justice Kruger has cast 151 votes to affirm in criminal cases, 43 split votes and 99 votes to reverse.  Her votes to affirm have outnumbered votes to reverse in every year.  In 2018, Justice Kruger voted to affirm 30 times, cast five split votes and voted 15 times to reverse.  In 2019, she voted to affirm 22 times as compared to 10 votes to reverse and nine split votes.

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Since joining the Court in 2015, Justice Kruger has written 49 opinions in civil cases: 32 majorities, 10 concurrences and seven dissents.  All of her dissents were in 2016 (4 dissents) and 2017 (3 dissents).  Justice Kruger wrote two concurrences per year in 2017, 2018 and 2019, three in 2020 and one in 2021.  Justice Kruger wrote one majority opinion in 2015, seven in 2016, six in 2017, three in 2018, four in 2019, six in 2020 and five up to our cut-off point in 2021.

Justice Kruger has written 51 opinions in criminal, quasi-criminal, juvenile justice and mental health cases.  She wrote two dissents per year in 2017 and 2019 and one each in 2018 and 2021.  She wrote three concurrences in 2017 and one each in 2016, 2019 and 2020.  She wrote five majority opinions in 2016, seven in 2017, ten in 2018, six in 2019, eight in 2020 and three in 2021.

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This week, we begin our review of the tenure of Justice Leondra Kruger.  Justice Kruger took her seat in 2015, replacing Justice Joyce L. Kennard.  Since joining the Court, Justice Kruger has participated in 219 civil cases – 27 in 2015, 36 in 2016, 42 in 2017, 32 in 2018, 34 in 2019, 29 in 2020 and 19 to our cut-off point in 2021.

Justice Kruger has participated in 294 criminal cases: 36 in 2015, 52 in 2016, 42 in 2017, 50 in 2018, 41 in 2019, 42 in 2020 and 31 in 2021.

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Justice Liu has written 67 majority opinions in criminal cases since joining the Court in 2011.  He has written 27 majority opinions in criminal cases (40.3% of the total).  He has written ten opinions in sentencing cases, seven in criminal procedure cases, six cases involving violent crimes, five cases involving juvenile offenses and four habeas corpus cases.  Judge Liu has written three constitutional law cases, two cases involving mental health and one majority opinion each involving political crimes, property crimes and process crimes.

Justice Liu has written 37 dissents in criminal cases.  Twenty-two of these opinions – far more (59.46% versus 40.3%) than in civil cases – were in death penalty cases.  Justice Liu has written five dissents in constitutional law and cases involving violent crimes, two each in cases involving sex offenses and sentencing law and one case involving habeas corpus.

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In this and the following post, we’ll be completing our six-part review of Justice Goodwin Liu’s tenure to date, looking at the areas of civil and criminal law in which he’s written his majority and minority opinions.  Note once again that to maintain an even playing field, 2021 data is through the same date for all Justice profiles – so it’s still part-year.

Justice Liu has written 52 majority opinions in criminal cases.  Ten involved government and administrative law.  Nine involved employment law.  Six majority opinions involved tort law cases and five were in constitutional law.  He has written four majorities each in tax law and civil procedure.  He has written three arbitration majority opinions.  He has written two majority opinions each in domestic relations, environmental law, commercial law and secured transactions.  He has written one opinion each involving insurance, trusts and estates and property law.

Justice Liu has written only ten dissents in civil cases.  Half of those ten were in employment (three dissents) and tort law (two dissents).  He has written one dissent each in environmental law, tax law, government and administrative law, civil procedure and arbitration law.

Join us back here next time as we wrap up our review of Justice Liu’s tenure.

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In part 4 of our review of Justice Liu’s tenure, we’re reviewing the data on how in sync with the Court’s shifting majorities he has been during his tenure.  More specifically, we’re calculating the percentage of civil and criminal cases in which Justice Liu has been in complete agreement with the majority (in other words, a split vote when the majority affirms or reverses outright doesn’t count).

Justice Liu has agreed with the majority in 93.25% of his civil cases since 2011.  Leaving aside the partial years in 2011 and 2021, his highest agreement rate was 2018 at 96.97%.  His lowest was 2014 at 86.96%.  He was over 95% in only two full years – 2018 and 2013 (96.88%).  He was under 90% in 2014 at 86.96%.

Justice Liu has voted with the majority in only 90.84% of his criminal cases.  He has been over 95% in only two years – 2016 (98.08%) and 2020 (95.24%).  On the other hand, he has been below 90% three times – in 2017 (78.57%), 2018 (82%) and 2019 (87.8%).

Join us back here next week as we review the areas of law in which Justice Liu has written majority and dissenting opinions.

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Today, we’re continuing our review of Justice Goodwin Liu’s tenure with an in-depth look at his voting record on the Court.

Since joining the Court, Justice Liu has cast 106 votes to affirm, 157 votes to reverse and 24 split votes to affirm in part and reverse in part in civil cases.  Affirm votes have exceeded reverse votes in only only year, 2018 – the two tied in 2014.  His lightest full year was 2020, when he voted to affirm only 5 times (as opposed to 18 votes to reverse) and his heaviest year was 16 votes to affirm in 2017.  Justice Liu’s heaviest year in reverse votes was 2015 at 20.  His lightest full year was 2014 at 10.

Justice Liu has cast 235 votes to affirm in criminal cases as opposed to only 170 votes to reverse.  He has cast far more split votes in criminal cases than civil ones – 83 in all.  Affirm votes exceeded reverse votes in every year.  His heaviest year was 2012 with 41 votes to affirm; his lightest was 18 in 2019.  Justice Liu’s heaviest year as far as reverse votes was 2012 with 22, and his lightest full year was 2015 with 12.

Join us back here tomorrow as we assess how often Justice Liu votes with the majority.

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Since joining the Court in 2011, Justice Liu has written 84 opinions in civil cases – 52 majority opinions, 22 concurrences and 10 dissents.  His heaviest year for majority opinions was 2013 with eight.  His lightest full years, with four majorities each, were 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020.  His heaviest years for concurrences were 2015 and 2017 with four per year.  His heaviest years for dissents were 2012 and 2019 at two per year.

Justice Liu has written 155 opinions in criminal cases – nearly double his output in civil cases.  He has written 67 majority opinions, with the highest workload being 2018 at 11 and the lowest full year 2014 and 2017, with five majorities each.  He wrote ten concurrences in 2012 and nine in 2014, but only ten combined in 2019, 2020 and 2021.  He wrote nine criminal dissents in 2018 and seven in 2017.

Join us back here later in the week as our review of Justice Liu’s tenure continues.

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This week, we’re beginning a six-part review of the tenure of Justice Goodwin Liu.  Justice Liu took his seat on the Supreme Court on September 1, 2011.

Since that time, he has participated in 311 civil cases.  His heaviest year for civil cases was 2017, when he participated in 42.  His lightest full year was 2014, when there were 23 civil cases.

Justice Liu has participated in 491 criminal cases.  His heaviest full year was 2012, with 76 cases.  His lightest full year was 2019, with 41 cases.

Join us back here next time as we review Justice Liu’s opinion writing.

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