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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Rehnquist Speaks Against Activist Talk

   By Emelius at 3:54 PM

      Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist today spoke out against the political pressure that is being put on judges. Rehnquist again called for caution in the talk of calling for the impeachment of judges and politicizing their roles. In the past few years the term 'activist judge' has become a popular phrase by the right to describe a judge whose judgments they do not agree with. Rehnquist spared no words to shun this terminology and shoot down these power mad trouble makers.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), for example, has repeatedly threatened to impeach liberal-leaning judges for their rulings, such as the ban on school-sponsored prayers.

"A judge's judicial acts may not serve as a basis for impeachment. Any other rule would destroy judicial independence," Rehnquist said. "Instead of trying to apply the law fairly, regardless of public opinion, judges would be concerned about inflaming any group that might be able to muster the votes in Congress to impeach and convict them."


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