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Karen Lee Torre Commentary: Activist Judges In New Age Spotlight

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

Listening to academics and jurists at various symposia posit reasons for the new age of judicial critics and nomination battles, it seemed most missed the obvious. Quite simply, it's the electronic age. Throughout history, the public had but a rudimentary grasp of the judiciary. The information super-highway has allowed for easy monitoring of judges and quick, mass communication about their backgrounds, "connections," publications, speeches and rulings. The public thus gained an in-depth understanding of the role ideology plays in judging.

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