Poli Sci Teaching Assistant  

From Chapter: Supreme Court: Justices and Their Decisions

What is judicial activism?
Variously defined. A philosophy pro-posing that judges cannot decide cases merely by applying the literal words of the Constitution or by discerning the intention of the framers, but must and should openly recognize that judicial decision making is choosing among conflicting values. Judges should so interpret the Constitution as to keep it reflecting the current values of the American people.