The US Supreme Court

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  • Created on: 07-04-19 21:54
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  • Is the Supreme Court a political institution?
    • NO
      • Its members are judges, not politicians.
      • The Court is independent - not subject to political pressure.
      • Justices do not involve themselves in party politics, elections, campaigning or endorsing candidates.
      • Makes decisions based upon legal and constitutional argument, not political ideology.
    • YES
      • Appointed by a politician (the President).
      • Confirmed by politicians (the Senate), often on party-line votes.
      • Makes decisions on issues that feature in elections (e.g. abortion, immigration, gun control) and over which the two main parties disagree.
      • Some of its decisions have a quasi-legislative effect: it is as if a new law has been passed.
      • Some people have described it as 'a third house of the legislature'.

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