Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1981-1982

These tables are derived from information contained in 123 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1981, and August 31, 1982.  The total of 123 decisions does not include … [Continue reading]

Fantasy League Update

Now that the Supreme Court has filed several decisions, the scoring is underway in the fantasy league’s third season.  The Gavels tallied first with five points for a brief and oral argument in State v. Breitzman, but the Writs responded (with a … [Continue reading]

Third Fantasy-League Season Opens

The 2017-18 law-firm fantasy-league season is now underway.  Click here to learn about the offseason acquisition that has fans of one team anticipating an upset of the defending-champion Gavels. … [Continue reading]

Outcomes for Publicly-Funded and Private Defense Attorneys

Our two most recent posts have utilized statistics from a Vanderbilt Law Review article in order to compare certain types of Wisconsin Supreme Court rulings with the decisions filed by other state supreme courts.[1]  The law review article reached a … [Continue reading]

Comparing Wisconsin’s Supreme Court with the Courts of Other States: Felony Appeals, Part 2

Last month’s post made use of a forthcoming article (“State Criminal Appeals Revealed”) in the Vanderbilt Law Review, which presented findings from a national dataset on criminal appeals resolved in 2010 by state supreme courts and lower appellate … [Continue reading]

Felony Appeals: A Comparison of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court with the Courts of other States

A forthcoming article (“State Criminal Appeals Revealed”) in the Vanderbilt Law Review furnishes the impetus for today’s post on felony appeals in the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Utilizing a dataset released recently by the Bureau of Justice Statistics … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1982-1983

These tables are derived from information contained in 133 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1982, and August 31, 1983.  The total of 133 decisions does not include … [Continue reading]

Justice Kelly a Maverick? An Update on Fourth Amendment Cases

We now have opinions by two new justices and decisions from three more terms (2014-15 through 2016-17) to add to our initial discussion of Fourth Amendment cases, so it’s time for an update.[1]   A number of recent developments are noteworthy, … [Continue reading]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1983-1984

These tables are derived from information contained in 118 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Lexis search for decisions filed between September 1, 1983, and August 31, 1984.  The total of 118 decisions does not include … [Continue reading]

The Voting Records of Justices Crooks and Prosser and Justices Rebecca Bradley and Kelly: Some Comparisons

After a decade and a half of relatively frequent turnover, the supreme court’s membership did not change from 2008-09 through 2014-15.  During these seven terms, the justices were often placed along a spectrum that included two “liberals” (Justices … [Continue reading]