Docket pages for each case at the Supreme Court list when a case is distributed for a given conference and, therefore, up for consideration. Nonetheless, at least one justice still has to mark a case up for debate or certiorari is automatically denied.

Typically a case is either granted or denied at a given conference. Sometimes, however, the court will repeatedly re-distribute a case to several conferences before either granting or denying cert. For example, in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the Court assigned the case to six subsequent conferences before requesting the record from the lower court and granting the case at it’s next conference, the case’s seventh conference.

I’ve compiled is a list of the number of uninturrupted distributions for a given case during OT10. For example, I would count the following case as having only two uninterrupted distribution:

Jan 1 2010 DISTRIBUTED for Jan 5 2010 conference
Jan 6 2010 Views of SG requested
Apr 7 2010 Views of SG received
May 8 2010 DISTRIBUTED for May 11 2010 conference
May 15 2010 DISTRIBUTED for May 18 2010 conference
May 18 2010 petition GRANTED

Here are the totals for OT10:

# Conferences Count
1 53
2 16
3 7
4 3
5 1
Total 80

The only summary reversal for OT10 thus far, Wilson v. Corcoran, was distributed 4 times.


3 Responses to “Uninterrupted Distributions Count for OT10 Cases”

  1. 1 Anonymous

    What is the relationship between the number of distributions and whether cert. is granted? Is a second (third? fourth?) distribution a strong signal either way?

  2. 2 Kedar

    Those stats are coming up in the next few days. I crunched the numbers for a random sampling of cases and figured out how often uninterrupted distributions x1, x2, x3, an x4 lead to cert. grant.

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