In her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Judge Sonia Sotomayor will soon answer her critics' accusations of judicial activism -- a familiar drumbeat today wherever a judge or a nominee sits on the political spectrum. The quest of legal scholars and political scientists to give more meaning to the phrase has sparked new studies seeking to measure judicial activism in federal appellate judges and current and former Supreme Court justices. So what can they tell us about Sotomayor?
Is Sotomayor a Judicial Activist? New Studies May Shed Some Light
The National Law Journal
June 8, 2009