One of the principles of motivated political reasoning is that we start with the answer first and then marshal data and evidence to support our position. Of course this is ass-backwards from the scientific process and people deny that it happens but .........it happens ALL THE TIME.
Along comes this paper that, wait for it.......actually tests whether the political orientation of the lawyer/scholar affects his/her legal writing.
From their abstract:
........law professors at elite law schools who make donations to Democratic political candidates write liberal scholarship, and law professors who make donations to Republican political candidates write conservative scholarship.
Think about the implications of this study for our system of law and justice and think about the broader implications of this study for science and society.
Somewhere along the way, objectivity as a scientific necessity was lost.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology