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Judicial Politics: President – Court Relations Professor Jonathan Day The Presidency (POLS 318)

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1 Judicial Politics: President – Court Relations Professor Jonathan Day The Presidency (POLS 318)

2 Outline 1. Attendance 2. Judicial Powers of the President 3. President – Court Relations 4. Discussion Questions 5. Next Class

3 Judicial Powers of the President Pardons Commute Sentences Grant Clemency Proclaim Amnesty

4 George W. Bush YearPetitions PendingPetitions ReceivedPetitions GrantedPetitions DeniedPetitions Closed Without Presidential Action PCPCPCRPCPC FY 2001 (8.5 mos.) 9232, FY , , , FY , FY , FY , FY , FY , FY , , , FY 2009 (3.5 mos.) 8641, , Total (96 mos.) 2,4988, ,7297, ,223 (P=Pardon; C=Commutation; R=Remission of Fine)

5 President – Court Relations Solicitor General Legislation President enforces court decisions Court rarely declares presidential action unconstitutional

6 The Limitations of the Power of the President over the Judiciary Supreme Court Ideology of the justice Qualifications of the justice President’s party strength in the Senate Vacant position on the Court President’s Popularity Type of Vacancy

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8 Discussion Questions Why is the presidential power of appointing a justice to the Supreme Court arguably one of his/her greatest powers?

9 Next Class Read Chapter 10, in Debating the Presidency, by Wednesday Resolved, the president has too much power in the selection of judges


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