Judges: Above the Political Fray?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

As the Supreme Court starts a new term, Keith Bybee, Syracuse University College of Law professor and the author of All Judges Are Political—Except When They Are Not:Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law, looks at what defines judicial "activism," and the question of political bias in the courts.



Keith Bybee

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Comments [4]

Edward from NJ

The vast majority of cases that judges rule on don't have a "political" component. We get a false impression of how often politics come into play because cases that involve a political issue are controversial and the media picks up on them.

Oct. 06 2010 10:57 AM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

@ Ken from Little Neck - I couldn't have written my beliefs on my judicial philosophy better...

Oct. 06 2010 10:56 AM
Ken from Little Neck

It seems pretty simple to me - if a judge issues a ruling that is in line with my political beliefs, he made his decision based on law and facts. If I disagree with his opinion, it was obviously because he was acting politically.

Oct. 06 2010 10:54 AM
bernie from bklyn

brian- can you ask mr.bybee his interpretation of the 'citizens united' ruling and whether he feels as i do, that this is an out-of-control and activist court changing the entire idea of our country w/ that ridiculous ruling.
the biggest act of jusicial activism- they ended the process of true democracy in this country.

Oct. 06 2010 10:53 AM

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