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Court blog posts interesting stats on Washington Supremes for 2009

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Jan. 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
January 8, 2010 1:20 pm

The Supreme Court of Washington Blog has analyzed some numbers from the Washington Supreme Court and found some interesting comparisons.

For example, which two justices agree the least – at least when looking at whether they joined the majority or the dissent? That would be Richard Sanders and James Johnson, considered to be the court’s two conservatives (though Sanders is more libertarian than conservative). They were on the same side just 64 percent of the time.

Who are the most-agreeable pairs? A few reached 88 percent agreement. They are Barbara Madsen and Mary Fairhurst, Susan Owens and Fairhurst and Tom Chambers and Debra Stephens.

Most often in the majority? Owens at 92 percent. Least often? Sanders at 70 percent.

The blog also notes that the court is pretty agreeable with just 14 percent of cases ending with a 5-4 decision. Half of all cases decided last year were unanimous.

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