Judge Sonia Sotomayor has made over 200 decisions as a judge, and 6 of the cases in which she wrote the majority opinion were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, four of them reversed. Now, is that just a case of bad luck, or might it be saying something about Sotomayor’s judgment about the law and the Constitution? Maybe on one or two of those cases the higher court was wrong, I don’t know. If I got only 33% grades on tests in school, I’d probably fail the course. Is that an unfair comparison? I really want to be fair. After all, “fairness” is important, these days. (Most of the articles on the Internet don’t include the most recent New Haven firefighters case that was overturned.)
I tried to find what percentage of decisions by Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, et al., on lower courts were later reversed by higher courts, and I couldn’t find any information on that. Does anyone know? Does it matter? Does it matter if 4 out of 6 of Sotomayor’s rulings were reversed by the Supreme Court? Am I being unreasonable?