I’ve spent the last few days updating the look of the site and I’m very happy with the end result. I also updated the software that runs the site and, after a few nerve-racking hours, WordPress 2.7 was installed and running smoothly. Now here’s where you all come in. In the top-right corner of the [...]

Once again, I’ve conjured up some charts marking how often each Justice spoke during oral arguments in the first half of the term. You can find a detailed look into my methodology here but to summarize, these numbers represent the number of times ‘JUSTICE ______’ is mentioned in the oral argument transcripts posted on the [...]

2008 Term Index

I’ve started the 2008 Term Case Index and it’s included at the top of this page, or you can go here.

The Term Case Index for OT07 is now representative of everything the Court has handed down thus far in the term. As always, you can find it either along the top of the page or here. When the court hands down the remaining three cases from the term, I’ll post a complete statistical breakdown similar [...]

An old friend of mine gave me a call yesterday and timidly asked if he could write for the blog. Of course I told him that he was always welcome but it reminded me to make it very clear that this website has an open invitation to anyone who is interested in the Court and [...]

I’ve updated my chart with laughter references on the Court. You can find the up-to-date iteration of the full chart here and you can read about my methodology here. Justice Total Roberts 13 Stevens 6 Scalia 51 Kennedy 6 Souter 10 Thomas 0 Ginsburg 1 Breyer 12 Alito 3

Ever since I located a glorious set of old books at a friends hosue, I’ve been hankering to purchase a particular antiquarian book. I’ve been on the search for a version of Giles Duncombe’s Tryals Per Pais (1655.) I’d prefer an early edition, but I found a 4th edition printed in 1702 for $850 (here). [...]

I’ve updated the speaking statistics to reflect this month’s oral arguments. You can find a rough sketch of my methodology on speaking here and on laughter here. You can click on the images to see a larger version. You can find my data here (Numbers required.) Speaking (pdf): Laughter (pdf):

I’ve updated a lot of the information on the Term Case Index in preparation for today’s cases. I expect the Supreme Court to hand down 1-2 opinions on merit this morning but its hard to say which ones specifically. My guess: Gall for sure and maybe Kimbrough. Regardless, the opinions that we get today will [...]

The massive downpour of cases on Tuesday has placed the docket five cases ahead of last year. The problem, however, is that the Court despite placing many of the cases on expedited review for the January session, the December session still has only seven cases available. If the Court hears only seven cases in December, [...]



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