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Re: OT: Interface legality concerns

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Oh boy, statistics are fun.

For the term ending October 2002, which is the one I was able to dig up
information regarding:

The 9th is the largest circuit court, and as such, handles the largest
case load.  The 9th circuit court sent about 24 cases to the Supreme
Court of which about 18 were in fact overturned. This indeed makes it the
"most overturned court", as conservatives often declare. However other
courts send between 4 and 8 cases a year to the supreme courts, and the
average overturn rate is about the same as the 9th at 73%.  From all of
the circuit courts, there were a total of 56 cases sent to the supreme
court, of which a total of 40 were overturned, or 71.4%. In fact with 6
cases upheld last year, one can argue that the 9th circuit is the most
upheld court in the country.  Of the 16 upheld judgements, 6 came from
the 9th, the other 10 came from the rest of the circuit courts.  In fact,
all of the cases from the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 10th circuits were
overturned, 100% rate there.  In fact, none of the other circuit courts
had more than 2 decisions upheld.  So, if we are going to go by numbers
alone, the 9th circuit court decisions were upheld three times as often
as any other circuit court.

Aren't statistics fun?

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Richard

Re: OT: Interface legality concerns

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Statistics are fun.  

However, the Supreme Court is a 2nd level appellate court - very few
cases ever get there.  99.44% of all cases are played out in the
general court or at the 1st appellate level.  The ninth circuit
general courts have the worst record of overturn at the appellate
level, both in absolute and relative numbers.  That they are the
source of a greater number of Supreme Court cases may be a function of
their large case load, or it may be indicative of too damn much money
being available to Hollywood lawyers.

In contrast to the other circuits, which tend to be conservative in
the scope of their decisions, the ninth has a long history of
proactively making new law and of deliberate interference with the
other branches of government.  In addition, the ninth has the most
liberal policies regarding hearing cases and often takes on cases the
other circuits have refused.

George

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