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Justice O’Connor Tired of Judicial Criticism


From Fox News:

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said Wednesday that she has grown weary of partisan attacks on judges, criticisms that she believes are causing citizens to lose faith in the judicial system.

O’Connor, 77, said she finds troubling the “increased number of attack on judges that are coming out of the halls of Congress and out of state legislatures across the country.” Single-issue advocacy groups are tagging judges with labels such as “activist judges” or “godless, secular humanists” to win passage of propositions or amendments to state constitutions, she said.

No, what Judge O’Connor is tired of is people confronting the judiciary on its judicial activism. What causes citizens to lose faith in the judicial system is when the judiciary makes up its own law (e.g. Roe v. Wade, Lawrence v. Kansas, etc.) when it finds existing law unpalatable. It causes citizens to lose faith in the U.S. judicial system when judges look at foreign law when deciding U.S. law.


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