Wisconsin Supreme Court Statistics, 1949-50

These tables are derived from information contained in 208 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions that were turned up in a Nexis Uni search for decisions filed between September 1, 1949, and August 31, 1950.  The total of 208 decisions does not include various orders pertaining to petitions, motions, applications, and the like (generally disposed of without oral argument and in short per curiam decisions). 

One could argue that the order in Application of Alloway (granting a writ sought by the petitioner) should be included, because it bears some of the features of a regular decision.  However, the fact that the order appeared just one day after the hearing suffices to distinguish the case from those under consideration here.

In Wyman v. Utech the court found its original mandate (December 30, 1949, authored by Justice Rosenberry) to be erroneous and issued a new decision (May 2, 1950, authored by Justice Gehl).  Both decisions are counted here. 

Eight justices appear in a number of the tables because Justice Marvin Rosenberry retired in January 1950 and was replaced that month by Edward Gehl.

The tables are available as a complete set and by individual topic in the subsets listed below.

Four-to-Three Decisions
Decisions Arranged by Vote Split
Frequency of Justices in the Majority
Distribution of Opinion Authorship
Frequency of Agreement Between Pairs of Justices
Average Time Between Oral Argument and Opinions Authored by Each Justice

About Alan Ball

Alan Ball is a Professor of History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

alan.ball@marquette.edu

SCOWstats offers numerical analysis of the voting by Wisconsin Supreme Court justices on diverse issues over the past 73 years.

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