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Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1994-2017 (Part 1)

Last week, we looked at how often the Justices voted with the majority in death penalty appeals, regardless of whether the decision was to affirm, reverse in part while affirming the sentence, reverse in part and vacate the...more

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1990-2010 (Part 2)

Yesterday, we reviewed the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty cases for the years 1990 through 1999. Today, we’re looking at the Justices’ voting records for the years 2000 through abolition in 2010....more

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1990-2010 (Part 1)

Last week, we discussed the data on how often the Justices of the Court voted with the majority in the Illinois Supreme Court’s death penalty cases between 1990 and 2010 (after which the death penalty was abolished). This...more

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our review of the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty cases, discussing the data on the percentage of the time each Justice voted with the majority in death penalty appeals for the years...more

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority (Part 1)?

Earlier this week, we reviewed the data on the percentage of the time each Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court voted with the majority in death penalty cases. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be reviewing the same measure for the...more

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our analysis of the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty cases – specifically, how often each Justice voted with the majority. Today, we’ll review the data for the years 2000 through 2010....more

Measuring Influence in Death Penalty Cases – Which Justices Were Most Often in the Majority?

For the past several weeks, we’ve been comparing the death penalty jurisprudence of the Illinois and California Supreme Courts. Having reviewed the county-by-county reversal rates last week, this week we’re looking at the...more

Were Majority Opinions in Death Penalty Cases Longer or Shorter When the Court Reversed?

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s majority opinions in death penalty appeals between 1994 and 2017, focusing on complete affirmances and partial reversals where the sentence was affirmed. Today, we review the...more

Were Majority Opinions in Death Penalty Cases Longer or Shorter When the Court Reversed?

Yesterday, we began reviewing the data on majority opinions in death penalty cases from 1990 through the Court’s last death penalty appeal in 2010. Today, we look at a related question: did the Court’s majority opinions tend...more

Who Has Written the Court’s Majority Opinions in Death Penalty Cases?

For the past few weeks, we’ve been reviewing the death penalty jurisprudence of the Illinois and California Supreme Courts on this blog and the Illinois Supreme Court Review.  This week, we’re reviewing the Court’s majority...more

Who Wrote the Court’s Majority Opinions in Death Penalty Cases?

For the past two weeks, we’ve been studying death penalty appeals, both here and on the California Supreme Court Review blog. This week, we turn our attention to the authors of the Court’s majority opinions in death penalty...more

The New Illinois Supreme Court Database – Reviewing the Data

Yesterday, we announced the completion of a substantial expansion to the Illinois Supreme Court’s database. Today, we review the full list of data points included in the database....more

The Illinois Supreme Court Database Expands – 2,871 Cases and 275,000 Data Points

Today, we announce a substantial expansion of the Illinois Supreme Court database. Matching the expansion earlier this year of the California Supreme Court database, the data on the Illinois Supreme Court has been expanded...more

Which Counties Had Lesser Affirmance Rates in Death Penalty Cases?

Yesterday, we reviewed the data for the year-by-year numbers of mandatory death penalty appeals decided by the California Supreme Court. Today, we review the overall affirmance rates, county by county. For the entire...more

Do Some Counties Have Higher Reversal Rates in Death Penalty Cases?

This week, we’re continuing our comparative analysis of the death penalty appeal cases, both here and over at the Illinois Supreme Court Review. The discussion is particularly timely for California given the Supreme Court’s...more

Where Did the Illinois Supreme Court’s Death Penalty Cases Arise?

This week, we continue our parallel look at automatic death penalty appeals here and over at our sister blog, the California Supreme Court Review. Last week, we reviewed the Illinois Supreme Court’s year-by-year caseload...more

How Often Did the California Supreme Court Reverse Death Penalty Judgments (Part 2)?

Earlier this week, we began analyzing the Illinois Supreme Court’s experience with automatic death penalty appeals. Yesterday, we began our review of the California Supreme Court’s record, beginning with the year 1994. In...more

How Often Did the California Supreme Court Reverse Death Penalty Judgments (Part 1)?

Earlier this week, we began our review of the Illinois Supreme Court’s record with death penalty appeals between 1990 and the abolition of the death penalty in 2011.  Today and tomorrow, we’re comparing the California Supreme...more

How Often Did the Illinois Supreme Court Reverse Death Penalty Judgments (Part 2)?

Yesterday, we began our comparative review of the Illinois and California Supreme Court’s experience with direct review of death penalty judgments. Today, we reach the second half of our first analysis – how often did the...more

How Often Did the Illinois Supreme Court Reverse Death Penalty Judgments (Part 1)?

This week, we begin a dual project on the Illinois Supreme Court Review and the California Supreme Court Review – comparing the two states’ experience with automatic appeals of death penalty verdicts. Illinois has had a...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Criminal Cases (Part 2)

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...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Criminal Cases (Part 1)

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. ...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Criminal Cases (Part 2)

Yesterday, we began our review of the Court’s experience with recusals in criminal cases. Today, we conclude our review with a look at the most recent years. First, let’s look at the importance of recusals in criminal...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Criminal Cases (Part 1)

Last week, we tracked the Court’s experience, year by year, with recusals in civil cases. Recusals are potentially a serious issue in Illinois Supreme Court practice, since there’s no provision for replacing recused Justices...more

Tracking the Importance of Recusals in Civil Cases (Part 2)

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. ...more

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