At ThoughtCo.com, Marcus Hawkins ranks the top 5 conservative Supreme Court Justices. He lists judges who have all “had a major impact on the interpretation of US law.” No surprise is number one, Clarence Thomas, who I explain in more detail here today. Hawkins writes (abridged):
Perhaps the most important role of a conservative judiciary is securing the courts against judicial activism by liberal judges aiming to reinvent the Constitution. Conservative judges not only need to practice judicial restraint, they must also take steps to overturn unconstitutional decisions.
Nowhere is this concept more important than on the US Supreme Court, where judicial interpretation sets the ultimate legal precedent.
Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, William Rehnquist, Clarence Thomas, Byron White and Samuel Alito have all had a major impact on the interpretation of US law.
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