Stat Pack available
on Apr 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm
A preliminary Stat Pack analyzing the opinions for this Term through today is here. Â The separate charts in it are:
- Decided Cases by Final Vote
- Opinion Authors by Sitting
- Frequency in the Majority
- Opinion Author v. Vote Split and Separate Opinion Authorship (with input from Kedar Bhatia at the Daily Writ)
- Justice Agreement (all cases, non-unanimous cases)
- Circuit Scorecard (circuits of origin, affirmation v. reversal rates)
- Grants by Conference
We will include more charts in the later editions of the Stat Pack to be released this Term. Â For all of the blog’s statistic reports from OT95 onward, please see our archives on SCOTUSwikiÂ here.
Yesterday the Court finished its oral argument schedule. Â We expect orders and opinions on Mondays only from now through the end of May.Â Â Beginning in June, we may begin to get opinions on additional days — likely Thursdays — each week. Â From now on the Justices’ private conferences will be held on Thursdays.
Some key take-aways from the Stat Pack and the Term are below the jump.
- There are 42 decided merits cases and 2 dismissed cases (we exclude Briscoe v. Virginia, as not a merits case, and Citizens United, as OT08). Â Of the 42, 33 are in argued cases, 2 are in cases decided before argument, and 9 are summary dispositions.
- Of the 42 decided cases, 22 are unanimous, while only 5 are 5-4 splits. Â Of the 5-4 splits, the dissenting block in two of the five cases consisted of Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer,Â and Sotomayor. Â In two of three additional cases in which the Court split 5-3 with Justice Sotomayor taking no part, the dissenters were Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, and Breyer.
- Chief Justice Roberts has dissented only twice so far this Term, in South Carolina v. North Carolina and Wellons v. Hall (a “GVR”). Â Justice Scalia has dissented once more, in Padilla v. Kentucky and two summary reversals, Wellons v. Hall and Presley v. Georgia. Â By contrast, Justice Stevens has dissented nine times, Justice Breyer eight.
- Justice Sotomayor has taken no part in 4 decided cases, 2 of which were 5-3 split decisions (Hemi Group v. City of New York and Stolt-Nielson v. AnimalFeeds). Â Justice Alito took no part in one, unanimously decided case. Â Every other Justice has voted in all of the cases decided so far.
- There are 44 outstanding merits cases, which weÂ listed earlier today. Â Four are from the November Sitting (Schwab v. Reilly, Graham v. Florida, Sullivan v. Florida, and Bilski v. Kappos). Â Justices Stevens, Kennedy, and Thomas have yet to author opinions for the Court from that sitting. Â Four are from the December SittingÂ (Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida, Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Black v. United States, and Weyhrauch v. United States). Â Â The only Justices who have not yet authored opinions from that sitting are Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia and Kennedy.
- Cases from the Ninth Circuit comprise 19% of the Court’s docket this Term.
- The Court has granted 15 cases for OT10, 8 of which originate in the Ninth Circuit.