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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, 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.
10) Indeed, in the heyday of judicial activism in the Mason Court, it was clear that even the most activist judges often decided cases with a strict legalist bent.
Republicans and other pro-life activists hoped that activist judges would utilize a court-created innovation called the "incorporation doctrine.
I also worry about the possibility of several Supreme Court resignations and that the new appointments will be activist judges.
Senate's Judiciary Committee that convened to consider nominees for five federal district court seats in Texas, the candidates promised senators they would steer clear of becoming activist judges.
This has led to activist judges such as Moro and others to take swift legal steps to try and stop what they see as corrupt politicians literally trying to get away with murder.
The GOP's familiar complaint against activist judges such as Scalia has receded as its opposition to an activist president such as Obama has intensified.
Activist judges have decreed the judiciary is superior to the executive and legislative branches, and they have done so time after time by issuing rulings based not upon what the constitution or statutes clearly state, but rather upon what they believe they should have said.
There can be no activist judges from any political party," Macri said.
Her claims include that media hostility has prevented the establishment of a new human rights culture, and that coverage of the Human Rights Act of 1998 has focused on myths of overbearing government, activist judges, and unethical immigrants exploiting refugee status.
Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, assailed Heyburn's ruling as ''another example of the deep betrayal of a judicial system infected with activist judges who are legislating from the bench.
Activist judges will not recognize lobbying, petitions or referenda in favour of the unborn.
We were called activist judges, elitists, out of touch with the people, and a whole lot worse," Baker said.
Surrounded by a crowd of cheering supporters bearing bright red signs that read "No activist judges," activist Bob Vander Plaats stepped proudly in front of a gaggle of microphones and news cameras.