Monday, November 9, 2009

Supreme Court Database

How many decisions did Justice Souter author? How many cases considered by the Warren Court (1953-1967) involved the federal habeas corpus act? In how many of those cases was the lower court’s decision affirmed?

If you are curious about Supreme Court statistics, check out the Supreme Court Database. It presently covers terms from 1953-2008 and is updated four times a year. More than two hundred pieces of information is included about each case, such as its origin, why the Court agreed to hear it, the issues involved, how each Justice voted, and the case’s disposition. An easy form lets you select specific parameters for your own analysis.

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