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activist judge

A judge or justice (particularly of the US Supreme Court) who rules in accordance with his or her personal ideology rather than with how the law is strictly written; often used in a derogatory or pejorative sense. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Many attributed the strict environmental rulings to the activist judge who was appointed last November and is known for his love of nature.
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Rather, it had its roots in the opposition to Brown, which gave rise to the Southern strategy of Richard Nixon, including his railing against liberal, activist judges.
I also worry about the possibility of several Supreme Court resignations and that the new appointments will be activist judges.
Republicans and other pro-life activists hoped that activist judges would utilize a court-created innovation called the "incorporation doctrine.
With the rapid increase of activist judges with a proclivity to elitist social engineering, we will soon be seeing countless forms of sexually bonded groups that, in my opinion, are unstable and harmful to children.
This ruling could set the stage for a clash of constitutional dimensions between activist judges seeking to, in essence, establish a government religion, and those who seek to preserve the right of free expression of one's religion as protected by the First Amendment to the U.
She addresses with extreme clarity our big government, our elitist liberal media, our vanishing patriotism, our complacency, our border debacle, our "pornified culture," our activist judges, our ineffective schools, our "science trumps all world view," and our inappropriate position on separation of church and state.
An ex-professor of law recommended that only lawyers be allowed to decide who should serve as a judge, while columnist Jeffrey Simpson blamed activist judges for creating the "simmering resentment" that has brought this about.
McMurtry is one of the pro-'gay' activist judges who overturned Ontario's traditional definition of marriage in June 2003.
In every political campaign, Americans hear a constant condemnation of activist judges, as if judges, like witches on Halloween, swoop across the country at night looking for traditional values to upset.
Please note that commentators on the cable shows did not sneer endlessly that these are activist judges.
The ads will educate voters in key states about the urgent need to save our courts from activist judges who are undermining our religious freedoms," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
Root divides judicial thought into two schools: activist judges who protect individual liberties on the one hand, and judges who practice judicial restraint, thereby allowing legislatures to trample individual liberties on the other.
But this may be why they're afraid of him, because they know it took politically activist judges to "find" a so-called right to abortion in the Constitution.
If the trial bar could not block legislation from being enacted, Behrens said, then the focus would shift to the courts to try to have that law nullified by activist judges.
queried, "Will activist judges not elected by the American people destroy the institution of marriage?