The Butler-Gableman Divide: Wisconsin Supreme Court Elections Matter

With the end of Justice Michael Gableman’s term approaching, and the election of his successor just two weeks away, SCOWstats takes this opportunity to explore some of the consequences of his victory over Justice Louis Butler in 2008.  Although discussion of the bitter and controversial campaign faded eventually, the significance of the election did not, for it transformed the supreme court’s voting much more than did the replacement of Justice Wilcox by Justice Ziegler the previous year.  We’ll utilize data for the period 2004-05 through 2014-15—when the court’s membership remained unchanged other than the Butler/Gableman and the Wilcox/Ziegler substitutions—and observe some of the effects that an election can have.[Continue Reading…]

Fantasy League Update

The court did not file any decisions this past week—hence, no change in the standings.

A Sixth Amendment Update for 2015-16 and 2016-17

Last fall’s post on the Fourth Amendment found that (1) these cases have accounted for a growing portion of the court’s output in recent years, and (2) the court’s two newest members (Justices R.G. Bradley and Kelly—especially Justice Kelly) have … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

This week the Waivers picked up 11 points and jumped into a third-place tie with the Writs on the strength of their work in Horizon Bank, National Association v. Marshalls Point Retreat LLC—10 points from Quarles & Brady (brief, oral argument, … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

The lone decision filed by the court this past week did not result in any points for the league's teams—hence, no change in the standings. … [Continue reading]

A Crowd-Sourcing Foray

This is an invitation to readers to “nominate” any Wisconsin Supreme Court cases from the 2017-18 term that contain surprising aspects.  I will maintain a collection of cases submitted and post them at the end of the summer.  “Surprising aspects” … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

Decisions filed this week featured two five-point performances by the Gavels of the State Public Defender’s Office—for briefs and oral arguments in State v. Hendricks and State v. Bartelt—thereby moving them ahead of the Writs and into sole … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1980-1981

These tables are derived from information contained in 134 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1980, and August 31, 1981.  The total of 134 decisions does not include … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

The court did not file any decisions this past week—hence, no change in the standings. … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

Two decisions filed this week produced significant changes in the standings.  The Citations moved out of the cellar, one point clear of the Waivers, with five points from Crivello Carlson (a brief and oral argument in Westmas v. Creekside Tree … [Continue reading]