SCOTUS Opinion Stats: 6/5/2017

This week Justice Gorsuch participated in three of the five opinions – Kokesh, Honeycutt, and Laroe. He has yet to write an opinion.  Justice Kagan once again has the lengthiest decision with the majority in Advocate Health.  Advocate was also the only decision with a separate opinion as Justice Sotomayor wrote a concurrence.

Links to the opinions and the text statistics are below.

Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton (Kagan Majority)
Words3702
Unique Words1064
Gunning Fog (readability grade level)8.9
Sentences354
Average Sentence Length12.75
Most Frequent Words
church60
plan56
maintained32
employees30
plans30
established25
congress24
organization22
Advocate (Sotomayor Concurrence)
Words435
Unique Words253
Gunning Fog (readability grade level)8
Sentences46
Average Sentence Length10.73
Most Frequent Words
church8
organizations5
plans4
congress4
these3
erisa’s3
decision3
established3
Kokesh v. SEC (Sotomayor Majority)
Words2800
Unique Words872
Gunning Fog (readability grade level)7.8
Sentences371
Average Sentence Length8.91
Most Frequent Words
disgorgement49
sec43
court33
securities24
enforcement18
penalty18
limitations17
commission17
laws16
act14
North Carolina v. Covington (per curiam)
Words475
Unique Words321
Gunning Fog (readability grade level)6.3
Sentences109
Average Sentence Length7.85
Most Frequent Words
court17
district14
order8
special7
north6
elections6
election6
racial6
carolina6
remedial5
Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, Inc.(Alito Majority)
Words2307
Unique Words717
Gunning Fog (readability grade level)5.7
Sentences321
Average Sentence Length8.34
Most Frequent Words
sherman34
laroe33
standing26
relief22
court22
must16
case15
damages15
laroe’s14
town14
Honeycutt v. United States (Sotomayor Majority)
Words2853
Unique Words831
Gunning Fog (readability grade level)7.8
Sentences311
Average Sentence Length10.46
Most Frequent Words
property56
forfeiture49
case25
government22
defendant20
liability20
headnote20
several18
joint16
tainted16

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