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August 10, 2005

Judicial activist worries about being criticized

From the Associated Press via Yahoo News...

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Tuesday that rulings on difficult subjects like gay rights and the death penalty have left courts vulnerable to political attacks that are threatening judicial independence.

Breyer urged lawyers to help educate people about court responsibility to be an independent decision-maker.

"If you say seven or eight or nine members of the Supreme Court feel there's a problem ... you're right," he told the American Bar Association. "It's this edge on a lot of issues."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was speaking with Breyer, said: "The politics of judges is getting to be red hot." He said Supreme Court rulings on the Pledge of Allegiance and Ten Commandments have captured the public's interest and polarized Democrats and Republicans....

Congressional leaders including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, have criticized justices in recent months. DeLay was particularly critical of the court's refusal to stop Terri Schiavo's death and at a death penalty decision that cited international cases.

Translation: Why can't these sheep go quietly to the slaughter?

If judges don't want to be criticized, then they should stop trying to rule the country by legislating from the bench. In all honesty, I don't see a lot of real judicial independence coming from the courts. I see them trying hard to put on a false front of non-partisanship, but then rule in very partisan ways.

Y'know, to be honest, if these judges are such babies that they can't take a little criticism, then maybe they should resign their office and let someone do the job that has a little more backbone.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 10, 2005 10:24 AM

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