June 04, 2012

Politics Removed From Supreme Court

More than half of the Supreme Court decisions in the current term have been unanimous; disproving the theory that supposes the nation's court is split between a conservative majority and a fortified liberal minority. It’s interesting to note that of the 58 decisions this year so far, 30, or 52% have been 9-0 votes. Daniel Fisher of Forbes reports:
“In all, 87% of the decisions so far have garnered more consensus than the 5-4 split usually associated with conservative decisions in the court run by Chief Justice John Roberts. The five-year average for 5-4 votes is 24%. 
"Only eight cases so far out of the 2011 session have been decided on 5-4 votes, and only three of those featured the conservative majority of Justices John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.”