“Judicial Activism” in the Eye of the Beholder?

Interesting. President Bush endorses Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett by saying “he is a proven conservative who understands courts should interpret and apply law, not legislate from the bench.” Yet Justice Willett authors a recent opinion – joined by the other eight justices – that “offends not only the law, but also court precedent, legislative intent, reason, custom and common notions of justice” in order to side with big business. As the Houston Chronicle points out, this ruling “makes the justices guilty of blatant judicial activism, which many conservatives regard as an unpardonable sin.”

Guess it depends on whose interests one is protecting…