A judge who fails to implement the legislator's meaning of a language term in a U.S. federal law.
How to spot a judicial activist? In a court issued opinion, look at the source of the evidence that the judge uses to give meaning to a language term in a federal statute. If the source of the evidence is (i) dictionary definitions, (ii) a previous court opinion written by a judicial activist, (iii) the writings of legal scholars, or (iv) the judges personal beliefs, then you have just found an example of a judicial activist. However, if the source of the evidence is the U.S. Congressional Record and the evidence is properly considered based on timing, weight, and order of analysis, then that judge will have implemented the legislator's meaning of a language term in a law per Article I, section 8, clause 18 of the U.S. Constitution (The 'Congress' Power To Make All Laws' clause) and is not considered a judicial activist.
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