An article in today’s Cincinati Enquirer highlights the Sixth Circuit’s current 15-case losing streak in the Supreme Court. Circuits regularly get reversed (the Court reverses in around 75% of cases) so I wanted to find out if a 15-case streak is especially notable. I decided to take a look at reversal rates from other circuits over the past few years.

I’m not sure why I got a different number (0-14) for the Sixth Circuit. I also created the same chart but sorted the circuits based on reversal rate 2008-present.

As it turns out, the Sixth Circuit’s streak is unusual but not particularly shocking. That shouldn’t surprise any of you.

Update: Jonathan Adler takes a closer look at the Sixth Circuit’s reversal rate at the Volokh Conspiracy (here).


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