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The Rule Of Law Is Dead! Long Live The Rule Of Law!, Keith J. Bybee Jan 2009

The Rule Of Law Is Dead! Long Live The Rule Of Law!, Keith J. Bybee

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Polls show that a significant proportion of the public considers judges to be political. This result holds whether Americans are asked about Supreme Court justices, federal judges, state judges, or judges in general. At the same time, a large majority of the public also believes that judges are fair and impartial arbiters, and this belief also applies across the board. In this paper, I consider what this half-law-half-politics understanding of the courts means for judicial legitimacy and the public confidence on which that legitimacy rests. Drawing on the Legal Realists, and particularly on the work of Thurman Arnold, I argue ...