Sunday, August 27, 2006

Activist Judges

You may have read or heard recently about the federal court ruling that held the warrantless wiretapping of conversations between terror suspects abroad and people in the United States is unconstitutional. The judge who made the decision has been criticized and rightfully so. Here is another article questioning the logic and legal basis for Judge Taylor's ruling. There are plenty other articles and blogs on this subject. Just run an internet search in your favorite search engine and you'll find dozens. Some have even alleged that Judge Taylor had a conflict of interest and should have never handled the case.

I think the judiciary has an obligation to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. If there was even the slightest chance that Judge Taylor had a conflict, then she should have recused herself. But even more important is that this country needs judges in the federal courts who interpret and apply the law and who do not try to impose their political views. It only damages the rule of law when judges play politics.

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