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Category: Data and the Law


Supreme Court Lawyers

“The Echo Chamber” is a Reuters’ special report about lawyers who practice before the United States Supreme Court. The report found that 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who have petitioned the Supreme Court were “…at least six times more likely to be accepted by the court than were all others filed by private lawyers …” …Read the Rest

Local Data: Cleveland Heights

The city of Cleveland Heights gives access to data about the city’s budget, police incidents and accident reports, and police statistics. Cleveland Heights offers access to its past five budgets (scroll down and click on “Cleveland Heights Budget Transparency Website). This information is on the OpenGov website which allows the user to view the information using …Read the Rest

New Research Guide: Judges and Judging Finding and Using Data

A new research guide “Judges and Judging: Finding and Using Data” has been added to the library website.  The first part of this research guide is to help users locate data about judges and judging. The second part offers examples of how this type of data can be used. From the guide: Often articles about …Read the Rest

Misuse of Data

Last week an op-ed in the Washington Post, by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson, claimed that the data supports the argument, “One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get married.”*  The following day a FiveThirtyEight post claimed that the article misused data to support its argument. Two issues struck Mona Chalabi, the author of the …Read the Rest

2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

During fiscal year 2013, state governments collected $846.2 billion in taxes. For its Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections survey the Census Bureau defines taxes as “compulsory contributions exacted by a government for public purposes.” Taxes are classified into five categories: (1) property, (2) sales and gross receipts, (3) license, (4) income, and (5) other. Figure 1 …Read the Rest

Productivity

The 113th Congress’s first year was its “least-productive year in recent history.” This is according to a recent Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank story about the 113th Congress.* The story compares the number of laws passed by the 113th Congress, during its first term, with the terms of the previous nine Congresses. The 113th Congress passed 55 substantive …Read the Rest