The Supreme Court of the USA: Factors influencing appointments

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  • Factors influencing appointments
    • Usually associated with the President's party
    • Usually share the President's political and/or judicial philosophy
      • FDR appointed those that thought federal government could/should have an interventionist role
    • Must be legally qualified
      • The American Bar Association gives a rating for each potential appointee.
    • Now accepted that there must be at least one woman, one black and a Catholic
    • The Justices attitude to abortion can be crucial, although candidates will normally refrain from giving direct answers to this question in the Senate Judiciary Committee meetings.
    • Rejection of President's choice by the Senate is politically damaging. Hence the President will try & choose someone who will be accepted (more difficult if the opposing party control the senate)


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