Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Which Justice is Quickest in Writing Opinions?

The race is between Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor. From the US Law Week: On the Merits blog:

Though no one can quite remember when it officially began, every term the justices dash to see who can churn out the quickest opinions.

In modern times, the race has been dominated by two individuals: "Rapid" Ruth Bader Ginsburg and "Swift" Sonia Sotomayor.

Rapid Ruth has long dominated the competition. But the then-newbie Swift Sonia pulled off an upset during the 2010 term. According to SCOTUSblog statistics, she managed to dash off her opinions in an average of just 84 days from the time of the oral argument. Rapid Ruth put up an uncharacteristically high number that term, taking 95 days on average to finish her opinions.

But Rapid Ruth shot back with back-to-back wins during the 2011 and 2012 terms. In 2012, she walloped the competition, taking just 60 days to turn out a decision. Swift Sonia took 93 days.

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