The Judicious Networks of the Current Supreme Court

Given the pivotal role it has played in a lot of contentious laws as of late (Citizens United, challenges to DOMA and Obamacare, etc.), there has been a lot of analysis — and quite a bit of concern and criticism — regarding the ideological dynamics of America’s highest court. This chart offers a pretty dense and comprehensive view of the subject.

Christopher Kai Tokita

The current set of Supreme Court Justices, led by Chief Justice Roberts (front row, center). (Photo Credit: the Huffington Post)

With the much anticipated ruling on the legal status of gay marriage on the horizon, I think it is a good time to dive into an uncommon analysis of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). I hope to make this post part of a series focused on the dynamics of the SCOTUS over time and over topics. For the first post of the series, and for the first post of my blog, I focused on the current court, which formed on August 7, 2010, when Elena Kagan was confirmed by the Senate. From August 2010 until July 2014, there were 316 recorded SCOTUS rulings.

First, I want to dispel some notions. I originally posted a SCOTUS agreement network a few months ago on my favorite subreddit r/dataisbeautiful. While many thought the graph was visually…

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