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Here’s the Powerpoint and Recommended Reading From “Litigation Analytics and Appellate Law”

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Earlier today, I had the pleasure of joining the Appellate Lawyers’ Association lunchtime meeting to talk about Litigation Analytics and Appellate Law: What the Numbers Tell Us About the Illinois and California Supreme...more

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Death Penalty Appeals, 1994-2017 (Part 2)

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On September 21, 2017, we reviewed the individual Justices’ voting records in death penalty appeals for the years 1994 through 2005. Today, we look at the second half of our study period, 2006 through 2017. In Table 303,...more

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

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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)

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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)

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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)?

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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)?

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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)?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

Which Counties Had Lesser Affirmance Rates in Death Penalty Cases?

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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?

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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?

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Yesterday, we began reviewing the Court’s county by county distribution of death penalty appeals, beginning in 1994. Today, we will begin by reviewing the data from 2004 through 2010. The Court decided only two death...more

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

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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)?

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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)?

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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)?

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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)?

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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

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

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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)?

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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

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #4

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The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in the following case today: Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, No. 15-1391: Five businesses in New York, petitioners here, wanted to pass along the...more

Closing the Courtroom? Second Circuit Reluctantly Approves, Reminds Lower Courts to Create a Clear Record

In Moss v. Colvin, 15-2272, the Second Circuit (Katzmann, Wesley, Carney) issued a per curiam decision affirming the denial by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Crotty, J.) of the petitioner’s...more

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