Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s experience with recusals in criminal cases since 1994.  Today, we review the second half of the data.

In 2006, new Justice Corrigan recused in eleven criminal cases.  Justice Chin recused in three and Justice Baxter recused twice.  In 2007, Justices Corrigan and Baxter recused once each.  In

Last week on both the Illinois Supreme Court Review and this blog, we tracked recusals, year-by-year in civil cases.  This week on both blogs, we’re tracking the importance of recusals in criminal cases.  While recusals in civil cases are often caused by a Justice’s personal or financial interest in a party, the most common cause

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s history with recusals, looking at the years 1994 through 2005.  Today, we address the Court’s recusals between 2006 and 2017.

In 2006, Justice Corrigan recused in six cases.  Justice Werdegar recused four times in civil cases, and Justice Chin recused twice.  In 2007, Justice Corrigan recused three


Last week, we reviewed the frequency with which pro tem Supreme Court Justices voted with the Court’s majority in criminal cases between 2000 and 2007.  Today, we review the same data between 2008 and 2016.

Seventy-eight pro tem votes were filed between 2008 and 2016.  For the period, 92.31% of the votes among pro tem


Last week, we analyzed how the voting patterns of the Court’s pro tem Justices differed from the permanent members of the Court in civil cases.  This week, we’ll be looking at the voting patterns in criminal cases between 2000 and 2015.

Between 2000 and 2007, forty votes were cast by pro tem Justices in criminal