NYTimes.com: Last Term's Winner at the Supreme Court: Judicial Activism
rs at robertsheridan.com
Mon Jul 9 11:24:47 PDT 2007
So, if the Framers were so smart, why didn't they anticipate the need
to rein in 'activist' judges who exercise the power of judicial
review by which the Justices were later able to overturn unwise (in
their opinion) decisions of the other branches and the state
legislatures, as during the long Lochner era (1905-1937)
Oh, they didn't anticipate a power of judicial review, so how could
they anticipate its exercise too actively according to political
Have we developed any useful rules governing degree of activism?
Carolene Products? Fn. 4? Casey on stare decisis, ignorable at will
by the current Court? Gut-feelings of self-control among the Nine?
This, I think, is the problem with human-based government, as opposed
to a faith-based one run by God. The humans keep getting in the way
of Justice, as I conceive justice, that is. We're stuck. With us.
There must be a better way.
Divine right of kings, anyone?
How would you, meaning anyone on this list, propose to regulate
'activism'? We'd like the ordinary man in the street to be able to
understand how first the conservatives under the Old Court were
'activist' during the Lochner Era, and were decried by the liberals,
and then the liberals were 'activist' (the Warren Court), and were
decried by the conservatives, and now the conservatives again are the
'activists,' and are again decried by the liberals. Will this never
This problem shouldn't be too hard to rectify, should it?
An amendment, perhaps?
What should it say?
"To avoid this Court becoming too 'Activist,' the Power of Judicial
Review is for Emergency Use Only: You may only overturn acts of the
other branches or arms of government when [what?]." Hang it as a
sign on John Marshall's Big Axe, the one hanging in the Conference
Room. And strictly limit entry into the room...
I know, we've done that already, but still have the problem, don't we.
On Jul 9, 2007, at 5:16 AM, s-gerber at onu.edu wrote:
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> I thought the attached op-ed might be of interest. FYI, the
> libertarian wing of the conservative movement often applauds
> judicial "activism" on behalf of individual rights. The journalist
> fails to note this distinction. Scott Gerber Ohio Northern
> University Law College
> OPINION | July 9, 2007
> Editorial Observer: Last Term's Winner at the Supreme Court:
> Judicial Activism
> By ADAM COHEN
> Conservatives have forgotten that they are opposed to judicial
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