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What Can We infer When Justice Kilbride Asks the First Question in Civil Cases?

Yesterday, we asked whether we can infer anything about Justice Kilbride’s vote and whether he’s writing an opinion, based on the pattern of his questions in oral argument. Today, we ask a slightly different question – can...more

What Can We Infer From Justice Kilbride’s Question Patterns in Civil Cases?

Over the last two weeks, we’ve reviewed Justice Freeman’s question patterns in civil and criminal cases. This week, we’ll be reviewing Justice Kilbride’s patterns with his questioning in civil cases. Justice Kilbride...more

What Can We Infer When Justice Freeman Asks the First Question in a Criminal Case?

Yesterday, we showed that unlike many of his colleagues, Justice Freeman does not tend to ask the party he’s voting against more questions at oral argument – he averages more questions to the appellants in every scenario. ...more

What Can We Infer From Justice Freeman’s Question Pattern in Criminal Cases?

Last week, we looked at the pattern of Justice Freeman’s questioning in oral arguments in civil cases, analyzing whether he tends to ask more questions of the party he will ultimately vote against, and what impact writing an...more

What Can We Infer When Justice Freeman Asks the First Question in a Civil Case?

Yesterday, we began analyzing Justice Freeman’s question patterns in civil cases. Today, we analyze whether it is more likely that Justice Freeman will ask the first question, depending on his vote and whether he’s writing...more

What Can We Infer From Justice Freeman’s Question Pattern in Civil Cases?

Last week, we analyzed Justice Garman’s question patterns in criminal cases. This week, we address Justice Freeman’s question pattern in civil cases. We begin with cases in which Justice Freeman has voted with the...more

5/10/2017  /  Appeals , IL Supreme Court , Reversal

Which Area of Criminal Law Has Justice Werdegar Written the Most Majority Opinions In?

Last week, we analyzed Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions in civil cases. This week, we’ll look at Justice Werdegar’s opinions in criminal cases. We report Justice Werdegar’s majority opinions, year by year, in...more

5/5/2017  /  Appeals , CA Supreme Court

What Can We Infer When Justice Garman Asks the First Question in a Criminal Case?

Yesterday, we showed how Justice Garman’s vote and whether she is writing an opinion impacts her question patterns in criminal cases. Today, we take the analysis the final step: what can we infer when Justice Garman asks the...more

5/3/2017  /  Appeals , IL Supreme Court , Reversal

What Can We Infer When Justice Garman Asks the First Question in a Civil Case?

Yesterday, we showed that between 2008 and 2016, an unusually high level of questions from Justice Garman indicated that she was likely writing an opinion. We also demonstrated that when Justice Garman was in the minority,...more

4/27/2017  /  Appeals , IL Supreme Court , Reversal

What Can We Infer From Justice Garman’s Question Pattern in Civil Cases?

Two weeks ago, we began our detailed analysis of the data on oral arguments in civil and criminal cases between 2008 and 2016. This week and next, we’ll be looking at Justice Rita B. Garman’s patterns in oral argument,...more

What Can We Infer When Justice Burke Asks the First Question in a Criminal Case?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data on Justice Burke’s question patterns in criminal cases. Today, we ask a related question: if Justice Burke asks the first question, can we infer that she is likely writing an...more

What Can We Infer from Justice Burke’s Questioning Patterns in Criminal Cases (Part 1)?

Last week, we began our review of the individual Justices’ patterns in oral arguments, reviewing the data on Justice Anne M. Burke’s questioning in civil cases from 2008 to 2016. Today, we address Justice Burke’s patterns in...more

Is Justice Burke More Likely to Start the Questioning When She’s Writing an Opinion?

On April 12, 2017, we analyzed the data from nine years’ worth of oral arguments in civil cases, looking at correlations between Justice Burke’s question patterns, her voting and whether she wrote an opinion in a given case. ...more

What Can We Infer From Justice Anne M. Burke’s Questioning Pattern in Civil Cases (Part 1)?

This week we’re turning our attention to multiple issues: (1) does each individual Justice ask more questions of the prevailing or losing party in civil cases; (2) is the Justice’s pattern different when he or she votes with...more

Do Affirmances Take Longer in Non-Death Penalty Criminal Appeals (2008-2016)?

Yesterday, we looked at how much correlation there was between result and lag times in death penalty appeals between 2008 and 2016. Today, we’re looking at the non-death penalty criminal docket for the same period. We...more

4/12/2017  /  Appeals , Oral Argument , Reversal

Do Affirmances Take Longer in Automatic Death Penalty Appeals (2008-2016)?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been comparing the Court’s lag times – time to oral argument, and then oral argument to decision – for affirmances as opposed to reversals. We’ve determined that affirmances tend to take...more

Do Affirmances Take Longer in Automatic Death Penalty Appeals (2000-2007)?

We’ve been reviewing the data for lag time from grant of review to oral argument to decision in criminal cases, dividing the data up to separate non-death and death penalty appeals, searching for an explanation of why lag...more

Are Longer-Pending Cases More Likely to Be Affirmances in the Criminal Docket? (Part 2 – 2008-2016)

On March 23, 2017, we showed that affirmances in civil cases between 2008 and 2016 have tended to be pending for longer both between the grant of review and oral argument, and between argument and decision, than reversals...more

3/27/2017  /  Appeals , Oral Argument , Reversal

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Declines to Establish a Bright-Line Rule on Non-Lawyers Representing Corporations in Administrative...

A non-lawyer with no apparent formal connection to a corporation is the sole representative of the corporation at an administrative proceeding. When the decision comes down, it’s never properly served on the corporation. Is...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Occupational Disease Pension Does Not Trigger Health Insurance Benefits

In 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court held that anyone who qualified for a line-of-duty pension under section 4-110 of the Illinois Pension Code qualified as having a “catastrophic injury” within the meaning of Section 10(a) of...more

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