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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Data Science Can Tell Us about Neil Gorsuch - Ravel Law

To start, we took a deep dive into Ravel’s Judge Analytics platform to determine how similar Gorsuch might be to Scalia, since he is in consideration for filling his seat. We developed a “Scalia Score,” in which we looked at each judge on Trump’s shortlist of nominees, their total number of citations, and then calculated how many times these judges cited to opinions authored by Scalia. For this tally, we counted only the unique instance of from/to opinion pairings, regardless of how many times a ruling referenced the cited opinion.


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