Dan in CBS Moneywatch: Predicting Supreme Court rulings –with software

Supreme Court cases are always closely watched because they set precedence for the entire U.S. justice system. The sooner companies, lawyers and individuals know the court's ruling, the quicker they can adjust strategies.

Now it seems technology is ready to provide a helping hand. According to Daniel Katz, an associate professor of law at Michigan State University, computer modeling has proven "able to predict 70 to 75 percent of the cases correctly" in a given year. That compares to a 60 percent rating for legal experts who also predict outcomes.

"We take past performance of the individual justices as a whole and use that as a guidepost," Katz said in an interview with CBS MoneyWatch.

Daniel Martin Katz is an Associate Professor of Law at Michigan State University

Daniel Martin Katz is an Associate Professor of Law at Michigan State University

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