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Touchdowns at the Ballpark: Reversing the Politicization of the Judiciary

"The hyper-politicization of society as a whole has bled into the judiciary. ... But what if we’re seeing it all wrong? What if we’re seeking a touchdown on a baseball diamond? Rather than demand a football game from a baseball team at the ballpark, perhaps we need to see how judges see themselves." "Justice Gorsuch perhaps put it best, 'A judge who likes every result he reaches is very likely a bad judge, reaching for results he prefers rather than those the law compels.' Our politicization of the judicial process both taints our understanding and threatens the independent judiciary so crucial to American democracy." What is the purpose of the judiciary? How do judges see themselves? How can we better understand the nuance of the judiciary and judicial decisions? What is at risk when we allow the judiciary to become politicized?

by Samuel Chen, Principal Director, The Liddell Group

June 30, 2018 l Medium

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