"There's a lot of comment about the fact, well, she makes policy. There's another comment she made on the fact that judges make policy. And the traditional rejoinder to that is judges do not make policy. In my experience, 16 years on the committee, that's not true. If there is no precedent, judges do make policy. If there is no precedent, an appellate court judge will, in effect, by their opinion, make policy," - Senator Dianne Feinstein.

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