Precedent is very powerful in this decision. Citing other similar decisions, the Council settled the matter of whether a particular conference fund did not violate the Discipline. In this case, the Council took the confirming step of studying the minutes of the discussion related to the fund when it was reviewed by the Conference Council on Finance and Administration. In doing that, they confirmed the facts of the case (see JCD 595.V).
Now if only they would be willing to do that for church trials.
One other observation: Conference officers sent all the materials to back up their brief and the Council did not have to postpone a decision waiting for what they needed.