Bracewell Partner Paul Shechtman recently did a review of the New York Court of Appeals for the New York Law Journal. His findings showed that the 2017-2018 criminal law term was different from others in recent years.
“First, the court decided only 58 cases, down from an average of 93 in the past five years,” stated Shechtman. “Second, 30 decisions—more than half—were decided by memorandum opinion; no judge signed his or her name to the decision. Third, the court was often divided.”