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 [...]

The future is bleak for democrats and judicial liberals. The average age of the four conservatives is 60.75 years (Roberts(53), Scalia (72), Thomas(60), Alito(58)). The average age of the four liberals, however, is 75.7 years (Stevens(88), Souter(69), Ginsburg(75), Breyer(70)). Justice Stevens, an active octogenarian and avid tennis player who frequently reads briefs on the beach [...]

2008 Term Index

You can find the 2007 Term Case Index here. You can find the 2006 Term Case Index here. You can find statistics from the term here. Cases Completed: (83) Ricci v. DeStefano Docket Filing | Questions Presented Docket Number: 07-1428 On Appeal From: CA2 Date Argued: April 22, 2009 Date Decided: June 29, 2009 5-4; [...]

Oral Argument Jokes of the Day

In Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee: CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We will hear argument next in Case 07-1125, Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee. Mr. Rothfeld. MR. ROTHFELD: Thank you. If it please the Court: The court of appeals in this case — excuse me, Your Honor. JUSTICE GINSBURG: Could you raise the podium? MR. ROTHFELD: Actually, [...]

The Supreme Court today handed down its decision in Hedgpeth v. Pulido. The Court issued a Per Curiam opinion and Justice Stevens wrote a dissenting opinion that was joined by Justices Souter and Ginsburg.

The Supreme Court this week handed down a decision in Winters v. National Resources Defense Council, a case revolving around the Navy’s use of sonar and its impact on the environment. The Court ruled 7-2 that the Navy was justified in the use of a particular form of sonar and that the impact on the [...]

On Monday the court denied review in Walker v. Georgia, a case revolving around the court’s proportionality standard applied to the death penalty. The court has long struggled to find an adequate means of countering racist bias within the capital system and there is little doubt that the issue will rear its ahead again in [...]

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role clerks play and how they influence the way cases are accepted and decided. Obviously they play a huge role in Cert. Pool (which Justices Stevens and Alito forgo) as well as writing the opinions once they are ready to be distributed. In today’s order’s list (here), [...]

The Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in Herring v. US, a case that revolves around whether or not the exclusionary rule applies in scenarios where there is an error made by the police. Plaintiff was arrested after police where mistakenly notified that a warrant was out for his arrest. The warrant had been withdrawn [...]

Apparently I’m late on this, but Adam Liptak at the New York Times reports that Justice Alito has opted out of the Cert. Pool. The Cert. Pool is a system in which Justices pool together their clerks to review cert petitions more efficiently. One clerk will review petitions and draft a memo that is circulated [...]



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