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NCJ Number: 34291 Find in a Library
Title: EXPLORING THE CONSERVATISM OF FEDERAL APPEALS COURT JUDGES
Journal: INDIANA LAW JOURNAL  Volume:51  Issue:2  Dated:(WINTER 1976)  Pages:257-279
Author(s): C M LAMB
Corporate Author: Indiana University
School of Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47401
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE EXPLORES THE VALUE OF TIME AND ISSUE CUMULATIVE SUBSCALES FOR MEASURING CHANGING ATTITUDINAL TENDENCIES OF APPEALS COURT JUDGES.
Abstract: TWO HYPOTHESES ARE TESTED: THAT THE ATTITUDES OF JUDGES GROW MORE CONSERVATIVE OVER TIME AS THEY ARE AND THAT THIS GROWING CONSERVATISM VARIES ACCORDING TO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS WITHIN BROADER LEGAL AREAS. THE 53 NONUNANIMOUS EN BANC CRIMINAL CASES DECIDED BETWEEN 1956 AND 1959 BY THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WERE SELECTED FOR EXAMINATION. CUMULATING SCALING OF JUDGE VOTING BEHAVIOR INDICATED THAT WHERE SIGNIFICANT ATTITUDINAL CHANGES DID OCCUR WITH AGE, JUDGES BECAME MORE CONSERVATIVE. ON THE TWO SPECIFIC ISSUES EXAMINED (INSANITY PLEAS AND APPELLANTS CLAIMING AN UNNECESSARY DELAY IN PRELIMINARY HEARINGS) THERE WAS LITTLE VARIANCE IN THE VOTING OF MOST JUDGES OVER THE YEARS.
Index Term(s): Appellate courts; Attitudes; District of Columbia; Federal courts; Judges; Political influences; Trend analysis
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