The Lion In Winter: Judge Stephen Reinhardt

By Gavin Broady (April 1, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT) -- There is perhaps no sitting jurist more politically divisive than Judge Stephen Reinhardt, the reigning liberal lion of the Ninth Circuit and an unapologetic throwback to the socially progressive days of the Warren Court.

He is hailed by his supporters as an erudite champion of liberal thought in an era of rightward-tilting judicial moderates and derided by his ideological opponents as a leftist partisan who adorns the sleeves of his judge's robes with an unseemly bleeding heart.

"He has the reputation of being the most liberal judge on any federal court in the country," according to one partner at a leading...

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