Supreme Court Wrap-Up

With the Supreme Court releasing the final, controversial opinions of the term, SCOTUSblog has released the October Term 2012 Stat Packsupreme courtIt includes statistics on which Circuit’s decisions were reversed the most (the Ninth Circuit–again), how many opinions each Justice issued (Justice Thomas issued the most, with twenty-five), who authored the most 5-4 opinions (Justice Alito, with six), and which Justice was in the majority most frequently (Justice Kennedy).  The report also tracks the agreement between Justices for all pairings, with Justices Ginsburg and Kagan agreeing the most frequently–ninety-six percent of the time.

SCOTUSblog also noted an interesting alignment in 5-4 decisions.  While the conservative bloc of the court (Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito made up the majority in ten of twenty-three 5-4 majorities, in three opinions, Justices Breyer and Scalia traded places, as Justice Scalia aligned himself with Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.

There is much, much more in the Stat Pack, so check it out!