activist justice

activist justice

A court justice whose rulings are dictated more by personal leanings than the law. I can't believe that judge! What is he, an activist justice—handing out rulings based on his own bent?
See also: activist, justice
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Bangalore, Oct 12 (ANI): Karnataka Lokayukta and civil society activist Justice Santosh Hegde has criticised the Central Government's plans to release edited tapes of panel discussions.
Even when the contradictions are glaring, as is the case with Scalia's acceptance of a textually unsupportable view of state sovereignty, Rossum tells us that Scalia's departure from principle "offers an important insight: when Scalia fails to abide by this textualist premises, he ends up acting like the activist justice he routinely criticizes" (126).
Brennan, an activist justice and proponent of the living Constitution, described the U.
Panaji, Oct 11 (ANI): Former Karnataka Lokayukta and civil society activist Justice Santosh Hegde has disapproved of Team Anna's anti-Congress stance in the Hisar bye-polls.
Judged by this neutral standard, who were the most activist Justices on the Rehnquist Court?
Therefore, to bypass the Fifth Amendment, increasingly activist justices relied on generalizations in the 14th Amendment to undercut state use of the death penalty.
Liberal activist justices have been encouraged by the idea of a "living Constitution" to say what the law ought to be rather than what it is.
Does anyone really think that the libertarian cause would be better off with the likes of four more big government activist justices like Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg as opposed to a Clarence Thomas, who is the closest thing to a libertarian to be found in authority anywhere in the federal government?