Thursday, July 07, 2005

Patterico Gets Results

A week or so ago Patterico busted the LA Times for sloppy reporting on the influence of Sandra Day O'Connor in 5-4 decisions,

L.A. Times Needs a New Fact-Checker for Those Editorials
Today’s L.A. Times editorial on Justice O’Connor opens with this statement: One fact sums up Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s pivotal role on the Supreme Court and the enormity of her resignation — she alone was in the majority of every one of the court’s 13 5-4 decisions this last term.

Wow. That’s really impressive. Except for one small problem . . . there were 24 5-4 decisions this Term, not 13 — and Justice O’Connor was in the minority in quite a few of those cases.

Today, the Times responded to Patterico by issuing a correction,

Retiring justice – An editorial Saturday on Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said the
Supreme Court in its last session had 13 5-4 decisions and that O’Connor had
been in the majority on all of them. The number of 5-4 decisions during the
court’s 2004-2005 session exceeded 13 (the number is up to 24, counting 5-3
decisions with Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist not voting, and other
vagaries). O’Connor sided with the minority in a number of these 5-4
splits. To read her dissenting opinions in two such cases, involving
eminent domain and the constitutionality of executing minors, go to http://www.latimes.com/oconnor.


Just the latest example of the pajama wearing, great unwashed among us (sorry Patterico) busting the professionals.

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