SCOTUS Oral Argument Week 1 Quantitative Recap

A week ago, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in five cases. These cases ranged from dealing with land and water disputes to sentence enhancements, from the admission of trial court evidence to state-secret privileges. Lots can be made of the words the justices and attorneys said in oral argument. What is not as obvious…

The Court’s Decision Making Through January 2021

The addition of three justices in four years under President Donald Trump along with a year of Covid-19 has slowed the Supreme Court’s business. So far this term, we can note that the Court is in the midst of a downturn in terms of the number of opinions it decides by the end of January…

A New Look at Who’s Activist and Restrained on the Court

This country’s founders could not have anticipated the current power of the federal judiciary. Alexander Hamilton wrote to this effect in Federalist Paper #78, “The judiciary, on the contrary, has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength or of the wealth of the society; and can take…

How the Court’s Decisions Limit the National Electorate

This post looks at the Supreme Court’s election law jurisprudence under the Roberts Court.  Supreme Court opinions and applications were searched from 2005 through the present for the term “election.” All cases were examined and any that related to elections or voting procedures were maintained in the dataset.  Cases were broken down across several issues…

Amy Coney Barrett’s First Day of Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court is now at full force with nine justices sitting in on oral arguments. Justice Barrett had her first day of arguments yesterday participating in both Salinas v. Railroad Retirement Bd. and United States Fish and Wildlife Serv. v. Sierra Club, Inc. Barrett’s first day of oral arguments was different from that of…

Judge Amy Coney Barrett Case Dataset

The 622 decisions listed below comprise the set of opinions Judge Barrett’s name is listed on during her stint on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Scroll to the right in the dataset to view all of the variables. The variables that may need some additional information include: Vote: What was Barrett’s vote in the…

A Comprehensive Look at Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, now Supreme Court nominee, has followed a well-worn path of justices before her.  President Trump nominated her to the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on November 2, 2017. She was then nominated to the Supreme Court, just under three years later, on September 26, 2020.  Chief Justice Roberts, nominated by…

Judicial Nominee Whisperer

I’m going to take this opportunity to say that understanding a bit about Trump’s nomination strategy goes a long way to understanding who he will select to the Supreme Court. Applying various methods across three articles I predicted each pick well in advance of the nominations; in fact, in increasing time lengths from the nominations as well.

Justice Ginsburg Leaves a Lasting Legacy on the Court

In news that probably shouldn’t have been shocking given her health but surprised many nonetheless, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away yesterday from complications from pancreatic cancer.  Lots of heartfelt eulogies made their way across the internet in the minutes and hours that followed Justice Ginsburg’s death.  Within hours of the news of Ginsburg’s passing,…