judicial activism

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I think history will continue to bear out what we already know: that both in the United States and abroad, Robert Bork is the leading figure in ending the intellectual monopoly that activist judges and scholars have held over constitutional jurisprudence.
Former Justice David Souter has recently attempted to expose the myth at the heart of this dichotomy between conservative and activist judges.
Waldron also notes that activist judges are capable of doing as much good as harm.
Both views, the activist judge as a tribune of the people and as a defender of human rights against the people, rest on a reactionary political base.
Conservatives hope he'll get an easy confirmation, then cast himself in a new role: the latest archconservative activist judge to join the nation's highest court.
Even the now low-profile Christian Coalition got in on the act, branding Hamilton a "judicial activist judge hostile to Christianity and a radical on abortion.
Wrote Jones, "Those who disagree with our holding will likely mark it as the product of an activist judge.
Harry La Forme is another activist judge, one who, in 1998, legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Ron Godwin, a Falwell spokesman, said the TV preacher feels he was the victim of "an activist judge that did not rule on the merit.
This past week, the new GOP injected itself into a personal matter, expanded the jurisdiction of a federal court, ignored numerous state court judgments and complained when an activist judge could not be found to create a new ``right.
The Florida legislature could have easily saved Schiavo's life by simply passing a law that demanded no feeding tube be removed from any person in the state not suffering from a terminal illness and by impeaching any activist judge who tried to overturn its law.
It's obvious that one activist judge can still throw away the votes of almost 800,000 Oregonians.
How difficult would it be for an activist judge to find in that definition the pretext needed to strike down any laws -- or even the policies of private religious bodies for that matter -- deemed to "deprive" homosexuals of their "fundamental rights"?
But an activist judge and the governor of California decided they knew better than the people and nullified the vote.
It's disappointing that Planned Parenthood turns to activist judges anytime they find an abortion law they don't like.