Sotomayor Nomination to Supreme Court Brings Up Uncertain Meaning of Activism

The NYTimes reports:

(…) while Judge Sotomayor has occasionally made statements outside court that conservatives find objectionable, it is far from clear that her judicial record supports the accusation that she is an activist. Several empirical studies have concluded that she is not particularly prone to overriding policy decisions by elected branches.

And her cases that have attracted the most criticism from conservatives — involving a decision to discard the results of firefighter exams because members of minorities scored poorly, a controversial property condemnation and a campaign finance law — are instances in which she deferred to policy decisions by elected branches that conservatives hoped judges would strike down (…)

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