Statistics Don’t Lie – Judge Bachart is the Best Candidate
We are fortunate to live in a democracy where we can elect our officials. With this privilege, we also have the responsibility to inform ourselves before deciding on the best candidate. Toward that end, I have looked at some of the statements made during the current campaign for District 17, Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Position 1. I would like to share my findings.
In a recent Letter to the Editor, the author invited readers “to run a quick search on the appeals cases” as a means to measure her judicial performance. As a concerned voter, I conducted my own search of the publicly-available Courts of Appeals Opinions Digital Collection database (courts.oregon.gov). My search generated a report with a heading indicating that 38 opinions had been issued by the Oregon Court of Appeals, starting in 2011 and up through 2020. While the author stated that “not all cases name the judge,” Judge Bachart’s name was prominently listed on the front page of the full report for each of the 38 opinions. In his letter, the author stated that “30 times the Court of Appeals has visited a Bachart ruling,” rather than the 38 opinions listed in the public record; a 21% error. A preliminary look at the 38 Courts of Appeals opinions indicated that 14 were reversals. However, a detailed analysis revealed that 4 of the 14 Court of Appeals reversals were ultimately affirmed by the Oregon Supreme Court (State v. Sholedice/Smith -S064787 Opinion). Thus, my analysis produced a final count of only 10 reversals in Judge Bachart’s court. The author stated “25 of these opinions are reversals;” 10 vs 25 is a significant (150%) error. Also, to benchmark judicial performance, the author stated that the number of Court of Appeals opinions on Judge Bachart was “three times as many” as that of another judge in Lincoln County Circuit Court. To verify this statement, I conducted another simple search that showed that, for the same 9-year period, the Court of Appeals issued 38 opinions on said peer judge, matching exactly the number of opinions on Judge Bachart. Thirty eight is not “three times as many” as 38; another significant error in that Letter to the Editor.
For voters, the key takeaways should be that the recent Letter to the Editor includes erroneous data and that an independent and factual analysis of the public data of the Courts of Appeals does not support the author’s claim that Judge Bachart creates bad case law. In fact, a critical analysis of these data suggests that a completely opposite conclusion could be made.
During the current election campaign for Lincoln County Circuit Court judge, critically-thinking voters should weigh facts over empty political rhetoric filled with hyperbole and innuendo. Election decisions should be based on facts, and on the qualifications, experience, and record of the candidates. Based on facts, Judge Bachart is the best candidate for Position 1 in District 17, Lincoln County Circuit Court. Please join me in voting to re-elect Judge Sheryl Bachart.
Franz Cosenza, PhD
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