Monday, August 29, 2005

Who Are Senator Hatch's Activist Judges?

Senator Orrin Hatch blames the failure of anti- flag burning legislation on activist judges who took away rights. (it remains to be seen whether he was talking about his right to prevent flag burning, or our right to be forbidden to burn the flag, or the flag's right to not be burned) Anyway, here is the breakdown of the Supreme Court case that shot down Senator Hatch's dreams: According to Senator Hatch, The activist justices were: William J. Brennan Thurgood Marshall Harry A. Blackmun Antonin Scalia Anthony Kennedy The non- activist justices are John Paul Stevens William H. Rhenquist Byron R. White Sandra Day O'Connor Does Senator Hatch really believe Justice Scalia is an activist judge?


Blogger Pirate said...

He's beenknown to hangout exclusively with the likes of Peter Jennings and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I saw him once at a rally against the using of puppies as shark bait.

8/29/2005 02:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ethan...ease up on my man Orin...I'm waiting for the Rocky post! Come on - let him have it!

8/29/2005 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

Sorry, another day for sure.

8/29/2005 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger Charley Foster said...

One of the definitions of judicial activism is striking down legislation. And although it is almost never intended to be, it is a nonpartisan charge. The justices who judicially vetoed Roosevelt's economic programs on economic substantive due process grounds were criticized as activist. The justices who voted in favor of the homeowners in Kelo v. New London recently were being activist.

8/30/2005 02:12:00 PM  

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