All the Single Ladies, And Nino, Now Put Your Hands Up, and Dissent!

June 19th, 2012

Continuing a trend of the three female justices joining together, Justice Scalia joined on the bandwagon in WIlliams v. Illinois.

But the point of the case for this post is that three of the four dissenters, who voted in favor of a result that would have likely given the convicted rapist a new trial, were the three women Justices (Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan); the fourth was Justice Scalia. And the majority, who voted to reject the rapist’s claim, were all men (Chief Justice Roberts, Justices Kennedy, Breyer, and Alito, and Justice Thomas, who wrote the separate opinion concurring in the judgment).

Volokh comments.