Ninth Circuit Smackdown Watch

Lawrence Hurley of the Daily Journal reports that fully one-third of the cases on the Court’s docket thus far this term — 18 of 54 — are from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. (Hat tip: How Appealing)  Given that the Supreme Court is a bit more likely to reverse than to affirm, it would seem the Ninth Circuit is in for its share of smackdowns in OT 2010.

UPDATE: According to Ed Whelan, if one excludes cases on the docket that are appeals of state high courts, and includes an appeal of a decision by a three-judge  panel in California, the Ninth Circuit accounts for nearly 40 percent of the relevant cases, even though the Ninth is responsible for only 20 percent of the cases heard by federal appellate courts.