With roots in the biblical prophets, judicial activism is a contemporary method of legal interpretation whereby judges base their decisions not on what they personally believe, but instead on the fundamental American values of liberty and equality.
About the Author
DAVID R. DOW is University Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston Law Center and Visiting Professor of History at Rice University. His areas of expertise include contracts, constitutional law, and death penalty law. He has handled more than fifty appeals, including 25 death penalty appeals. He earned his J.D. from Yale University, where he was an editor on the "Yale Law Journal." He is the author of three books, including "Executed on a Technicality" (2005) and "Machinery of Death" (2002), and more than one hundred book chapters and professional articles. His essays and editorials on abortion, polygamy, gay marriage, affirmative action, separation of church and state, biblical law, and judicial activism have appeared in "The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Progressive, The Houston Chronicle," and "The Dallas Morning News."