By Rachel Bovard:
In the American justice system, judges have two fundamental duties. The first is to interpret the Constitution, and police the structures of government. The second is to assess statutory laws—specifically their construction and application—against what the Constitution allows.
Nowhere in the solemn oath they take are judges tasked with casting value judgments on the outcome of a law, the character of its author, or expressing an opinion as to what the law should be. The charge of a judge is to neutrally and carefully interpret the plain text of the law—no more, no less.
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