The following two graphs are hopefully clearer than the one included in yesterday's post on the New York Court Watcher. (See New York Court of Appeals: The Jones Factor in Criminal Cases (Part 2) , August 19, 2008.) Clearer both visually and substantively. The original graph did not copy very well [not my fault], and it crammed in a lot of information [my fault]. Each of the two new graphs, derived from the original, have larger font and less info.
1, above, says it all.
Viewed another way, a majority of the current Court of Appeals judges--four of the court's seven members--have pro-defendant voting records. Indeed, their records are markedly more pro-defendant (more than two times to more than three times pro-defendant) than the records of their three remaining colleagues. GRAPH 2, above, illustrates all of this rather starkly.
Well, hope this all helps to unjumble and to underscore some of what has been changing in the decisional record of the New York Court of Appeals in criminal cases.