„[There are] judges who stretch the law…to suit reactionary attitudes.“

—  Michael Foot, 1970s, On ITV's People and Politics (9 May 1974)
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„We don't pay judges to think; we pay judges to rule on the law.“

—  Jeff Sessions Former United States Attorney General 1946
Attributed, Regarding judicial activism while debating on the Senate floor on 06 June 2005 regarding the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the federal judiciary.

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„People must be confident that a judge’s decisions are determined by the law, and only the law.“

—  Merrick Garland American judge 1952
[Remarks by the President Announcing Judge Merrick Garland as his Nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick, Garland, w:Merrick Garland, The White House, March 16, 2016, https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Remarks_by_the_President_Announcing_Judge_Merrick_Garland_as_his_Nominee_to_the_Supreme_Court#Remarks_by_Judge_Garland]; quote then excerpted in: [March 18, 2016, ABC News, http://abcnews.go.com/News/merrick-garland-supreme-court-nomination-greatest-honor-life/story?id=37692486, Merrick Garland: Supreme Court Nomination 'Greatest Honor of My Life', March 16, 2016, Margaret Chadbourn]; and quote also excerpted in: [March 18, 2016, The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/mar/17/black-judge-effect-race-bias-overturning-court-cases, 'Black judge effect': study of overturning rates questions if justice is really blind, Rose Hackman]

„On a very rough-and-ready basis we might define an eccentric as a man who is a law unto himself, and a crank as one who, having determined what the law is, insists on laying it down to others. An eccentric puts ice cream on steak simply because he likes it; should a crank do so, he would endow the act with moral grandeur and straightaway denounce as sinners (or reactionaries) all who failed to follow suit […] Cranks, at their most familiar, are a sort of peevish prophets, and it's not enough that they should be in the right; others must also be in the wrong.“

—  Louis Kronenberger American critic and writer 1904 - 1980
Company Manners: A Cultural Inquiry into American Life (1954), "The One and the Many", Company Manners: A Cultural Inquiry into American Life (1954). Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill. 229 pages Essay also appeared in Perspectives USA, Spring 1954 http://books.google.com/books?id=2UMIAQAAMAAJ&q=%22We+might+define+an+eccentric+as+a+man+who+is+a+law+unto+himself+and+a+crank+as+one+who+having+determined+what+the+law+is+insists+on+laying+it+down+to+others%22&pg=PA30#v=onepage

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„Our constitution, in short, is a judge-made constitution, and it bears on its face all the features, good and bad, of judge-made law.“

—  A. V. Dicey British jurist and constitutional theorist 1835 - 1922
Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution [Eighth Edition, 1915] (LibertyClassics, 1982), p. 116.

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