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US Supreme Court. How Many Cases Do they Hear? Opinion writing process from page 280-81 chart: Lower court 2005 appeals = 8,500 Cases accepted and heard.

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1 US Supreme Court

2 How Many Cases Do they Hear? Opinion writing process from page chart: Lower court 2005 appeals = 8,500 Cases accepted and heard by S.Ct = 87 Percent of appeals heard=1%

3 Justices’ Opinion Writing Process 1. briefs written by attorneys and read by Justices; 2. Oral argument: 30 minute argument by each attorney 3. Justice conference I: chief justice assigns opinion drafts to be written 4. Justice exchange drafts and negotiate 5. Justice conference II: justices’ final vote 6. Majority and minority (dissent) published-why publish dissent? Plessy v. Ferguson (1886)

4 Legal Precedent When the Supreme Court opinion is new law that must be followed by all other courts in the country- legal precedent is formed. Brown v. Board of Education (1954) was the precedent setting case that required all public schools to become racially integrated.

5 Little Rock, Arkansas

6 Supreme Court has “split personalities” Judicial restraint- justices mostly defer to legislative/executive decisions, few precedent setting cases Judicial activism- justices often overturn legislative/executive decisions, many precedent setting cases

7 Marbury v. Madison (1803) dispute between Congress and President. Supreme Court decides it will have the final say as to what of what the Constitution says on a specific point! “judicial review” is created

8 Four Ideals in the Declaration of Independence: Equality-Brown v. Board of Education(racial equality) Freedom-Heller v. Washington, DC (gun rights) Democracy- Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission(super pac money unlimited) Justice- Miranda v. Arizona(new detention process created)

9 Three powers of limited government in the US Constitution. Checks and balances- US v. Nixon(1974) page 282 (Watergate tapes released) Separation of Powers-Korematsu v. US, (President’s power during war) Federalism-Florida v. Health & Human Services (2012)(Affordable Care Act forced health care insurance on states)

10 Tenure on Bench- for life during good behavior. Annual salary $215,000 for Chief; $206,000

11 Citizen Participation in US Supreme Court opinions Flag burning permitted by Supreme Court as “symbolic speech”; Congress may propose amendment to Constitution making flag burning illegal. Public rallies at US Supreme Court building Vote for President with political ideology you want in Justice

12 Citizens Wait to Enter US Supreme Court March, 2013


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