What Kind of Constitutional Law Case is the Court Most Likely to Hear in the Civil Docket? Last week, we tracked the Court’s yearly caseload in constitutional law on both the civil and criminal dockets.  This week, we’re digging deeper to answer three questions: (1) does the Court tend to take more conservative or liberal decisions from the Court of Appeal involving constitutional law issues; (2) is the Court more (or less) likely to reverse a conservative or liberal constitutional law decision; and (3) overall, how likely is the Court to reverse in a case involving constitutional law issues in comparison to the rest of the Court’s docket? View Full Post
What Kind of Constitutional Law Case is the Court Most Likely to Hear in the Criminal Docket? This week, we’re continuing our review of the Court’s constitutional law docket by asking (1) how much of the Court’s docket consists of cases won below by one side or the other; (2) whether the Court has a significantly higher (or lower) reversal rate depending on who won below; and (3) whether the Court tends to reverse more or less often in constitutional law cases than it does in other cases.  View Full Post
What Kind of Constitutional Law Case is the Court Most Likely to Hear in the Civil Docket? Last week, we tracked the number of constitutional law cases on the civil side of the Court’s docket, year by year since 1990.  This week, we’re looking deeper at the data.  What kind of constitutional law cases has the Court tended to take, and has the Court tended to reverse more regularly, depending on who won the case below? View Full Post
Constitutional Law at the Court, Part 2 – How Many Criminal Con Law Cases Does the Court Decide a Year? Yesterday, we began a review of the Court’s constitutional law caseload on the civil side of the docket.  Today, we begin our review of the Court’s criminal constitutional law cases. The Court decided four criminal cases in 1992 which principally involved constitutional law issues.  View Full Post
Constitutional Law at the Court, Part 2 – How Many Criminal Con Law Cases Does the Court Decide a Year? Yesterday, we began our detailed look at the most common area of law on the Court’s civil and criminal dockets (and the area of law most frequently identified with courts of law resort) – constitutional law.  Today, we’re beginning our review of the Court’s constitutional law cases on the criminal docket side. View Full Post
Constitutional Law at the Court, Part 1 – How Many Civil Con Law Cases Does the Court Decide a Year? This week, we’re beginning an intensive look at the Court’s cases, divided by subject matter.  Many people – especially non-lawyers – think of courts of last resort primarily in terms of constitutional law decisions.  So let’s start there – the Illinois Supreme Court’s past twenty-seven years with constitutional law in both civil and criminal law. View Full Post
Local bar organizations are active twitter users. Surprising to me, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi is now on twitter with regular updates: @USDC_MSS. The Southern District U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Mississippi Bar, Jackson Young Lawyers and Capital Area Bar are also on twitter: @SDMissBankr @JYLawyers @TheMSBar @CABALaw I have not been active on Twitter in a while. View Full Post