Libertarian appointed to Arizona Supreme Court


Clint Bolick, co-founder of the Institute for Justice, has been appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court. See this story.

In 1980, Bolick was a Libertarian candidate for California state legislature, and won 7.1% of the vote. The Governor’s announcement identifies him as an independent.

14 thoughts on “Libertarian appointed to Arizona Supreme Court

  1. NewFederalist

    This is great news! I’m surprised Andy isn’t beefing about the fact that he will probably be in the minority as the only libertarian on the bench!

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  3. Mike Shipley

    I’d be a lot more excited if the body of work demonstrated a commitment to issues of liberation not so narrowly confined by conservative orthodoxy.

  4. Andy

    State Supreme Court is a much more powerful position than being on some local government council/board/committee, but yeah, he may get out voted on some issues. Even so, he is in a good position, and this is certainly better than nothing.

  5. Trent Hill

    Mike–the Institute has worked on issues against Eminent Domain. I’d argue that’s a uniquely libertarian issue.

  6. Pete Blome

    Wait a minute. 1980 Libertarian? Would he say today that he is not Libertarian anymore?

  7. NewFederalist

    The Institute for Justice is quite libertarian so, yeah he is still a libertarian although perhaps not a party member.

  8. Pete Blome

    You know, I find that odd. You never hear about somebody saying they are a Republican, but just aren’t a Party member, but that happens with the LP all the time, as if it isn’t a sign of doubt, weakness or indecision. My suspicions are aroused whenever any public figure says they believe in something but won’t be identified as such. It makes me wonder if the high courts, anywhere, have judges that are third party advocates. Side note: Scalia once said part of his job as a SCOTUS judge is to assure the continuation of the two party system…Constitutional? No. Supportive of liberty? No. I hope to see this Arizona guy advocate for Libertarians, but we will see…

  9. NewFederalist

    I don’t believe Republicans (as opposed to republicans) require dues to consider oneself a Republican. Libertarians, on the other hand, have the matter of dues, signing the NAP in addition to any voter registration issue. In addition, libertarian defines a political philosophy much like liberal or conservative do but since there are no active national parties with those names there is less confusion than with libertarian. I really don’t know if the new Justice is a Libertarian, a libertarian or neither. Like you said… we shall see.

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