Forecasting Votes in Hellerstedt

On March 2nd, the Court heard oral arguments in perhaps the most publicized case of the Term – Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (No. 15-274).  The case brings into question Texas’ new controversial law limiting who can perform abortions. Prior to oral arguments expectations were already high that the Justices would split along ideological lines…

Mining the Majority Opinion in Lockhart

Yesterday’s opinions in Lockhart showcased some unusual themes for the Court.  Between the majority and dissenting opinions the Justices referenced the Kansas City Royals and the movies Star Wars and Zoolander.  Atypical to say the least.  Here is take a deeper look at the language of Lockhart’s majority opinion using a few text mining and analysis…