AIDS-Related Written Court Decisions in Federal and State Courts, 1984-1989: [United States] (ICPSR 6502)

Principal Investigator(s): Musheno, Michael C.


This data collection was designed to identify the party characteristics, case attributes, and idea structures of written court decisions related to Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Written court decisions related to AIDS in state and federal courts were located via the LEXUS and WESTLAW data systems. For a case to be eligible, it had to address an issue involving AIDS or involve a party who was believed to be infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and a legal decision had to provide sufficient written material to analyze. Coding was completed by three individuals with legal training based on a team-developed codebook. Except in those areas where a preliminary test showed 90-percent reliability, variables were coded based on a consensus rule. Variables include court jurisdiction, whether the case was civil or criminal, case issue area, gender of plaintiff, relationship between parties, demand and primary purpose of the demand by the defendant and the plaintiff, what the court explicitly relied upon for its decision, whether the plaintiff or defendant had AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), or was HIV-infected, and whether the plaintiff or defendant was gay, an IV drug user, a prisoner or an accused criminal, a member of a stigmatized group, or a racial or an ethnic minority. The unit of analysis is the written court decision.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Musheno, Michael C. AIDS-Related Written Court Decisions in Federal and State Courts, 1984-1989: [United States]. ICPSR06502-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995.

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program (SES-8908456)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    AIDS, case processing, court cases, courts, decision making

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1984--1989

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989--1990

Universe:    Written court decisions related to AIDS in the United States during the period 1984-1989.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

Undocumented codes were found in this data collection. Missing data are represented by blanks.


Data Source:

LEXUS and WESTLAW data systems

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-06-06

Version History:

  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

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