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  • Appointment Process
    • 1.Aides search for candidate. 2.Shortlist. 3.Nominee announced at WH.        4.ABA rate. 5.Hearing at SJC.       6.SJC vote. 7.Debate on floor.      8.Final vote, simple maj
    • Supreme Court
      • Features
        • Loose constructionist- liberal interpretation of constitution, federall power, dem
        • Strict Constrctionist- conservative interpretation, state rights, republican
        • Judicial activism & restraint
        • Article 3 (least important)
        • Appeal Court
      • Judicial Review
        • implied power- Marbury v. Madison
        • Court updates meaning of constitution; 1st amendment & internet
        • States restricted by constitution w/ 14t amendment (equal protection & due process)
      • Political Significance
        • makes decisions on controversial maters of public policy
        • political body- appointed (Bush v.Gore 2000)
        • involvement in; freedom of religion- mccreary v. ACLUKent & VanOrden v. Perry
        • Freedn of spech  exx- Texas v. Johnson (flag desecration)
        • Arrest- Miranda v. Arizona
        • Race- Brown v.BOE & Abortion- Roe v. Wade
      • Checks on courts
        • Congress
          • 1. Senate conforms 2.Congress impeach 3.Alter #ofjudges 4.Constitutional amendments to overturn (e.g flag des)
        • Pres
          • 1. Pres nominates 2.Influence by pol weight by open criticism (e.gbushfllag)
        • Other Limitation
          • 1.No enforcement powers (Brown.v.BOE Eisenhower troops to desegregate) 2.appeals only 3.Public Opinion 4.Constitution not entirely ambiguous  5.Reverse
    • Pools of recruitment- federal appeals court (Sonia Sotomayor), state court, executive (Elena Kagan)


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