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Harriet Miers on Government Reform

Supreme Court Justice (nominated by Pres. George W. Bush 2005; withdrew)

 


Judicial activism can result from courts acting pre-maturely

Judicial activism can result from a court’s reaching beyond its intended jurisdiction to hear disputes that are not ripe or otherwise not properly before the court because of the case’s subject matter. The courts have the essential role of acting as the final arbiter of constitutional meaning, including drawing the appropriate lines between the competing branches of government. But that role is limited to circumstances in which the resolution of a contested case or controversy requires the courts to act
Source: 2005 SCOTUS hearing by Senate Judiciary Committee , Oct 18, 2005

Calls for more volunteer legal aid work

As incoming president of the Texas Bar Association, she pledged in a 1992 Texas Bar Journal interview to be ‘’inclusive of women and minorities“ in making committee appointments, a position that could indicate support for affirmative action. She also called for more volunteer legal aid work, using language that sounds like Democratic rhetoric.
Source: Charlie Savage, Boston Globe, on 2005 SCOTUS hearing , Oct 4, 2005

Other Justices on Government Reform: Harriet Miers on other issues:
Samuel Alito(since 2006)
Stephen Breyer(since 1994)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg(since 1993)
Elena Kagan(since 2010)
Anthony Kennedy(since 1988)
John Roberts(since 2005)
Sonia Sotomayor(since 2009)
Clarence Thomas(since 1991)

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Merrick Garland(nominated 2016)
Antonin Scalia(1986-2016)
John Paul Stevens(1975-2010)
David Souter(1990-2009)
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William Rehnquist(1975-2005)

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