Latest Stat Pack available
on May 27, 2010 at 10:53 am
- Decided Cases by Final Vote
- Opinion Authors by Sitting [CORRECTED, 5/28: The original listed Justice Breyer as the author of 5 rather than 6 opinions for the Court]
- 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 later editions of the Stat Pack to be released this Term. Â For all of the blogâ€™s statistic reports from OT95 onward, please see our archives on SCOTUSwikiÂ here.
This month we’ve seen opinions on Mondays only. Â Beginning in June, we may begin to get opinions on additional days â€” likely Thursdays â€” each week.
Below the jump are key take-aways from the Stat Pack, as well as a few points of comparison with last month’s edition.
- There are 53 decided merits cases and 4 dismissed cases (we excludeÂ Briscoe v. Virginia (because we do not regard it as having been decided on the merits) andÂ Citizens United (an OT08 case). Â Of the 53, 41 are in argued cases, 2 are in cases decided before argument, and 10 are summary dispositions. Â Kedar Bhatia’s updated list of all OT09 cases and their status (decided or not) isÂ here.
- Of the 53 decided cases, 27 (51%) are unanimous, while only 5 are 5-4 splits. Â Since our Stat Pack last month, the Court has not split 5-4 on any new decisions.
- Chief Justice Roberts has dissented in only one argued case decided on the merits this Term (South Carolina v. North Carolina). Â By contrast, Justice Stevens has dissented 11 times in such cases, authoring 7 of those dissenting opinions.
- Among the eleven merits opinions released in the last month since our last Stat Pack, Justice Kennedy voted with the majority 100% of the time; he has now displaced Justice Scalia as the Justice who is second-most likely to be in the majority (92% of the time), after Chief Justice Roberts.
- Justice Sotomayor has not participated in 5 decided cases, while Justice Alito has not participated in 1; in decided cases, no other Justices have recused themselves this Term.
- There are 31 outstanding merits cases. Â Two are from the November Sitting (Schwab v. Reilly and Bilski v. Kappos). Â Only Justices Stevens 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,Â Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board,Â Black v. United States, andÂ Weyhrauch v. United States). 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 Courtâ€™s docket this Term.
- The Chief Justice and Justice Kennedy have authored 6 of the 7 6-3 opinions this Term.
- The Court has granted 23 cases for OT10, 10 of which originate in the Ninth Circuit.