We have dueling statistics regarding how often Justice Louis Butler votes in favor of criminal defendants. The Coalition for America's Families says he sides with defendants 60% of the time. Justice Butler says it's 25%.
Jessica McBride claims to have gotten a copy of the Butler's campaign's analysis and finds what appear to be a lot of flat out inaccuracies. Illusory Tenant claims, without proof, that she had a draft and argues that her claim that the Butler camp mischaracterized the case are not always correct. (Although, in the example that he offers, McBride was spot on. If the Butler campaign is contending that the Court's decision in State v. James E. Brown is not a ruling in favor of a criminal defendant, it is wrong. That the decision appears to be correct is not the point here. We're trying to get the numbers straight.)
I can't quite follow how the way in which the cases are characterized in the list that Jessica posts and perhaps it isn't the final analysis. But at least she is making an effort to get at the truth. Our friend Illusory Tenant seems to want to discredit the effort by sniping at the edges.
Now, I suppose that he will say that the number is meaningless and taken by itself, I agree. Although 60% seems very high, the number would be more meaningful if compared to the numbers for other justices. Even then, one would have to make a judgment as to whether one disagrees with Justice Butler's approach.
But since both sides are throwing around dramatically different numbers, wouldn't it be nice to know why they are so different? I guess I'd be more interested in that than playing a game of the dozens with Jessica McBride.