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activist judge

A judge or justice (particularly of the US Supreme Court) who rules in accordance with their personal ideology rather than with how the law is strictly written; often used in a derogatory or pejorative sense. Primarily heard in US. 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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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?
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The crackdown was described as a new wave of arbitrary detentions" similar to 2018's one when a dozen of women rights activists were arrested.
Activist proposals have long been viewed as something to resist, even fear, but a new strain of thinking has become part of the debate.
'The government brands activists who speak against the project as terrorists.
The report noted that activist investing was increasingly becoming a style of management decision making -- "essentially a behavior" -- as opposed to the traditional investor class that strives to influence management decision making through the sway of portfolio investment.
If you do so, you can address this matter before an activist investor forces you to deal with it.
Although they were not detained in police custody, ten lawyers and activists were accused of attacking the police station, assaulting its personnel and threatening public order and terrorising people.
Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said: "We are deeply concerned by the decision of the judge to refuse bail, as we await the appearance of the other activists, including six UK nationals.
The point is that activists have decided to set tents in front of the Yerevan Mayor's Office, as it is already for a week as they
Opposition activists said security forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad killed more than 40 people in a small town outside Damascus on Wednesday, calling it a massacre.
| AMMAN, Aug 26 (KUNA) -- Israel banned some 70 western and Arab activists from reaching the Palestinian territories to express solidarity with the Palestinian people and condemn the Israeli policies, part of the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign.
26 (Petra) -- Some 72 Arab and foreign activists on Sunday arrived at King Hussein Bridge in order to cross to the other side, the Public Security Department Media (PSD) Office announced.
BEIRUT: Activists and journalists gathered Monday at the American University of Beirut to participate in a panel discussion of online activism in the region, debating the issue of activist security and the relationship between activists and corporate media platforms -- such as Facebook and Flickr.
Activist Itamar Shapira said Wednesday that his brother, Yonatan--a former Israeli helicopter pilot who is well known locally for refusing to carry out his military duties--was shocked with a Taser gun while passively resisting arrest by sitting down and embracing another passenger.
Betty Berzon, 78 Lesbian activist and renowned psychotherapist; died January 25.