The Supreme Court is crankier than ever

Posted on AllSides July 14th, 2015
From The Center

A new computer analysis of 25,000 Supreme Court opinions submitted from 1791 to 2008 tracked the kinds of words used by the court. It found that today's opinions might be easier to understand, but they're wordier and more negative than in years past.

Michael A. Livermore, and associate professor at the University of Virginia Law School and one of the study's authors, says that the data is clear: Words with positive connotations like "preeminent" are showing up less today than words with negative connotations like "admonish."

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