ABA Survey Finds People Angry At Judges:
The ABA Journal eReport has a piece on a recent ABA-sponsored survey about attitudes toward the judiciary:
More than half of Americans are angry and disappointed with the nation's judiciary, a new survey done for the ABA Journal eReport shows.Legal experts interviewed for the story were surprised by these results, with the exception of one expert with "alternative" views:
A majority of the survey respondents agreed with statements that "judicial activism" has reached the crisis stage, and that judges who ignore voters' values should be impeached. Nearly half agreed with a congressman who said judges are "arrogant, out-of-control and unaccountable."
The survey results surprised some legal experts with the extent of dissatisfaction shown toward the judiciary. "These are surprisingly large numbers," says Mark V. Tushnet, a constitutional law professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.In case you're wondering, I believe "alternative" is supposed to mean "conservative." Thanks to ambivalent imbroglio for the link.
"These results are simply scary," adds Charles G. Geyh, a constitutional law professor at Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.
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But one legal scholar with an alternative viewpoint is not surprised. The survey results reflect the reality that "there is a lot of judicial activism under any definition," says John O. McGinnis, a professor at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.