Friday, November 14, 2014

‘Politicians In Robes’

Adam Liptak at NYT examines several studies on the degree to which Supreme Court justices and other federal judges decide cases in ways representative of the politics (specifically, the party) of the president who appointed them. The short answer: the federal judiciary is thoroughly politicized, especially recently in the tendency of Republican-appointed justices to support the (extreme) conservative side in politically charged decisions.

(The title of the post is a fragment of a quotation from the conclusion of Epstein, Landes and Posner's book, The Behavior of Federal Judges, as quoted by Liptak: “... federal judges are not just politicians in robes, though that is part of what they are.”)

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