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Harmonious SCOTUS? Criminal Cases Less So Than Civil

July 25, 2017, 9:06 PM

More than half of the Supreme Court’s decisions in argued cases were unanimous this past term. That’s just the second time that has happened since 1969.

But that’s no thanks to the 2016-17 term’s criminal docket, where the justices were less acquiescent. This is despite the fact that many of the criminal opinions “were decided on narrow grounds,” as professor Stephen E. Henderson of the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Okla., told Bloomberg BNA.

“The fair amount of disagreement among the justices in criminal cases this term was interesting,” Adam Feldman told Bloomberg BNA. Feldman runs...

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