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Offline Sierra

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QUESTION??
« on: May 15, 2019, 04:35:41 PM »
 In what order do the Supreme Court Justices cast their votes on cases? And are the votes secretly, so not to influence other justices?

My primary reason for asking this question, is that Thomas never vote with the liberal justices.
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Re: QUESTION??
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2019, 04:58:41 PM »
They have conferences on the cases. Each Justice pretty much knows how the other Justices are going to vote. There are certain issues where informed observers of the Court can pretty much predict how each Justice will vote. On the other hand, there are some issues,where you don't have the liberal/conservative split.

Once it's determine which side has the most votes, the Chief Justice will assign the case to a Justice to write the majority opinion. 

Supreme Court cases are discussed in Conference three days after both the Petitioner and Respondent make oral arguments, and are then voted on by the full Court. The Chief Justice's vote carries no more weight than the Associate Justices' votes.

https://www.answers.com/Q/How_does_the_US_Supreme_Court_make_decisions
« Last Edit: May 15, 2019, 05:52:48 PM by Wildman78 »

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Re: QUESTION??
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2019, 05:43:19 PM »
Thanks….
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Re: QUESTION??
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2019, 07:06:19 PM »
They have conferences on the cases. Each Justice pretty much knows how the other Justices are going to vote. There are certain issues where informed observers of the Court can pretty much predict how each Justice will vote. On the other hand, there are some issues,where you don't have the liberal/conservative split.

Once it's determine which side has the most votes, the Chief Justice will assign the case to a Justice to write the majority opinion. 

Supreme Court cases are discussed in Conference three days after both the Petitioner and Respondent make oral arguments, and are then voted on by the full Court. The Chief Justice's vote carries no more weight than the Associate Justices' votes.

https://www.answers.com/Q/How_does_the_US_Supreme_Court_make_decisions

If the Chief Justice is on the losing/minority side, he cannot assign the majority/chief writer, Senior Justice will assign the majority writer.  I think Chief Justice Rehnquist was notorious for changing sides just so he can choose the majority writer to influence the ruling.

There are times when multiple Justices write their own take in concurrence or dissent for their own posterity.
 

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Re: QUESTION??
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 07:53:18 PM »
If the Chief Justice is on the losing/minority side, he cannot assign the majority/chief writer, Senior Justice will assign the majority writer.  I think Chief Justice Rehnquist was notorious for changing sides just so he can choose the majority writer to influence the ruling.

There are times when multiple Justices write their own take in concurrence or dissent for their own posterity.
 

You are correct.

 

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