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ABSTRACT This Article explores the intersection of Social Science
and judicial decision making. It examines to what extent, and in what contexts, judges utilize Social Science in reaching and bolstering their rulings. The Article delves into three areas of law that are typically not grouped together--integration, gay rights, and Capital Punishment
--to see the similarities and differences in the use of empirical findings. Analyzing the Language
in judicial opinions from family courts, district courts, circuit courts, and the United States Supreme Court enabled the emergence of trends. The opinions revealed that inconsistency in the use of Social Science may stem from how a given issue is framed, the tide of Public Opinion
on an issue, and whether Social Science