The term get through around a lot by the right, and generally it means nothing more than judges who the right doesn't like.
I'm thinking we need to update the term. I think activist judges are judges who do away with campaign finance laws so that their wives can form political action committees funded with donation that used to be illegal:
In January, Virginia Thomas created Liberty Central Inc., a nonprofit lobbying group whose website will organize activism around a set of conservative "core principles," she said.
The group plans to issue score cards for Congress members and be involved in the November election, although Thomas would not specify how. She said it would accept donations from various sources -- including corporations -- as allowed under campaign finance rules recently loosened by the Supreme Court.
Pretty sweet deal, eh? Throw out a law and your wife raises money for her group. The cause gets served and their doesn't seem to be a way to stop them. Welcome to the network.