Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Another instance of judicial legislation.

Byline: Business and Law MARTIN PASKIND For the Journal

Few things about the judicial system so irritate members of the public as judicial legislation. This is the tendency of judges to make up their own laws as they go along.

Conservatives are highly vocal about this, while their liberal opponents usually have less to say on the subject. That's too bad, for conservative judges are just as prone to legislate as their more liberal counterparts.

The Supreme Court of the United States is a prime example. The five-member conservative majority, led by Justice William Rehnquist, often seems to rule as it wishes, ignoring congressional enactments and the court's own precedents in the process.

Members of the four-member liberal wing aren't slow to accuse the majority of judicial legislation.

Take for example this month's case in which the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, Ill. …

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