SCOTUS Opinion Stats: 6/5/2017

This week Justice Gorsuch participated in three of the five opinions – Kokesh, Honeycutt, and Laroe. He has yet to write an opinion.  Justice Kagan once again has the lengthiest decision with the majority in Advocate Health.  Advocate was also the only decision with a separate opinion as Justice Sotomayor wrote a concurrence.

Links to the opinions and the text statistics are below.

Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton (Kagan Majority)
Words 3702
Unique Words 1064
Gunning Fog (readability grade level) 8.9
Sentences 354
Average Sentence Length 12.75
Most Frequent Words
church 60
plan 56
maintained 32
employees 30
plans 30
established 25
congress 24
organization 22
Advocate (Sotomayor Concurrence)
Words 435
Unique Words 253
Gunning Fog (readability grade level) 8
Sentences 46
Average Sentence Length 10.73
Most Frequent Words
church 8
organizations 5
plans 4
congress 4
these 3
erisa’s 3
decision 3
established 3
Kokesh v. SEC (Sotomayor Majority)
Words 2800
Unique Words 872
Gunning Fog (readability grade level) 7.8
Sentences 371
Average Sentence Length 8.91
Most Frequent Words
disgorgement 49
sec 43
court 33
securities 24
enforcement 18
penalty 18
limitations 17
commission 17
laws 16
act 14
North Carolina v. Covington (per curiam)
Words 475
Unique Words 321
Gunning Fog (readability grade level) 6.3
Sentences 109
Average Sentence Length 7.85
Most Frequent Words
court 17
district 14
order 8
special 7
north 6
elections 6
election 6
racial 6
carolina 6
remedial 5
Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, Inc.(Alito Majority)
Words 2307
Unique Words 717
Gunning Fog (readability grade level) 5.7
Sentences 321
Average Sentence Length 8.34
Most Frequent Words
sherman 34
laroe 33
standing 26
relief 22
court 22
must 16
case 15
damages 15
laroe’s 14
town 14
Honeycutt v. United States (Sotomayor Majority)
Words 2853
Unique Words 831
Gunning Fog (readability grade level) 7.8
Sentences 311
Average Sentence Length 10.46
Most Frequent Words
property 56
forfeiture 49
case 25
government 22
defendant 20
liability 20
headnote 20
several 18
joint 16
tainted 16

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