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Who Wins on Appeal? Upperdogs and Underdogs in the United States Courts of Appeals

Donald R. Songer and Reginald S. Sheehan
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 36, No. 1 (Feb., 1992), pp. 235-258
DOI: 10.2307/2111431
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111431
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Who Wins on Appeal? Upperdogs and Underdogs in the United States Courts of Appeals
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Abstract

The central focus of this investigation is the effect of litigation resources on the success of appellants appearing before the United States Courts of Appeals. The analysis parallels the earlier study by Wheeler et al. (1987) of who wins in state supreme courts. The findings are that litigation resources are much more strongly related to appellant success in the courts of appeals than in either the United States or state supreme courts. Upperdog litigants win much more frequently in the courts of appeals in both published and unpublished decisions of the courts of appeals even after controls are introduced for partisan and regional effects and the differences among types of cases.

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