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Justice O’Conner on “Activist Judges”

October 28, 2006

Like a lot of meaningless political catch-phrases, “Activist Judges” is a way of swaying large numbers of people without much danger of unauthorized thinking.  It pretty much means; “a judge who made a decision that I don’t like”.  It is a corruption of political discourse, and reflects a misunderstanding of what judges do.  Briefly, judges represent the constitution, not the people.  They are there to hold lawmakers and the president to a constitutional standard.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Conner has some insights on the constitutional importance of an independent judiciary.  Specifically she ain’t happy about the implications of the phrase “activist judges”.  Though of course, she would never use the word ‘ain’t’.

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  1. October 29, 2006 at 10:23 | #1

    I may not have always agreed with all of Justice O’Conner’s decisions, but she generally speaks pretty wisely on such things.

    [Testing the comments.]

  2. October 29, 2006 at 10:23 | #2

    [And, of course, now it works.]

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