We’re excited to share that as of today, we have added the latest data from the Supreme Court Database (SCDB) into CourtListener. This update adds SCDB ID’s, parallel citations, vote counts, and decision direction data to about 20,000 Supreme Court cases. Each of these enhancements enables some great functionality.
For example, now that we have vote counts for older cases, you can create visualizations of older topics, like the “Separate but Equal” doctrine or the Commerce Clause. Colin Starger, the creator of SCOTUS Mapper, has been working with this early data and has created a variety of fascinating historical Supreme Court network graphs. If you want to experiment with this, the place to start is at the SCOTUS visualization homepage.
Here’s a taste, showing Katz v. U.S. plotted to Olmstead. In this graph you can see that over time the vote went from a divided conservative vote in 1928 to a divided
Original URL: https://free.law/2016/09/06/courtlisteners-scotus-data-gets-even-better-with-legacy-data-from-the-supreme-court-database/