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NCJ Number: 185225 Find in a Library
Title: Opinion Assignment and the Chief Justice: 1888-1940
Journal: Social Science Quarterly  Volume:81  Issue:3  Dated:September 2000  Pages:798-809
Author(s): Sandra L. Wood; Linda Camp Keith; Drew Noble Lanier; Ayo Ogundele
Date Published: September 2000
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the opinion assignments of Chief Justices of the United States Supreme Court from 1888 to 1940 and used three models: the organizational, the institutional, and the attitudinal.
Abstract: The research empirically examined opinion assignments through a data set collected by the authors. The data covered the 10,506 case decisions reported in Supreme Court Reporter during the tenures of four Chief Justices: Melville W. Fuller (1888-1909), Edward Douglass White (1910-20), William Howard Taft (1921-28), and Charles Evans Hughes (1928-40). Results revealed that these chief justices made assignments based on institutional and organizational criteria, rather than for ideological reasons. The analysis concluded that this difference was probably related to contextual factors that have changed for the modern Supreme Court. Findings suggested that assigning opinions may be more complicated for Chief Justices than scholars have suggested. Table, footnotes, and 26 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): US Supreme Court decisions
Index Term(s): Judicial attitudes; Jurisprudence
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