LA Times: WASHINGTON — Ailing Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said today that judges must be protected from political threats, including from
December 31, 2004

LA Times:

WASHINGTON — Ailing Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said today that judges must be protected from political threats, including from conservative Republicans who maintain that "judicial activists" should be impeached and removed from officeThe Constitution protects judicial independence not to benefit judges, but to promote the rule of law: Judges are expected to administer the law fairly, without regard to public reaction," the chief justice, whose future on the court is subject to wide speculation, said in his traditional year-end report on the federal courts. In his report, the chief justice did not name names, but instead spoke of his concern for the "mounting criticism of judges for engaging in what is often referred to as 'judicial activism.' " read on

Rehnquist comes out swinging against these judge bashers like Tom Delay.

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