The Supreme Court

1. How is the Supreme Court becoming more political?

  • Supreme Court members are elected by Congress, who choose members based on their political views.
  • Supreme Court nominations have been politicised by Congress, since about 1981 (Reagan).
  • It just is.
  • This is the correct answer.
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2. How is the Supreme Court checked by the other branches of government?

  • Members of the Court can be impeached, although this has never happened.
  • Congress can relieve members of the Court if they disagree with their ideological views.
  • Supreme Court members are removed every 5 years.
  • They have relentless scrutiny by the president, who can reverse decisions made by the court.

3. What did Justice Roberts refer to the Supreme Court as?

  • 'The Supreme Court.'
  • 'Servants of the law'
  • 'Servants to the deep philosophical beliefs of the President'
  • 'Servants of the ideology of Congress'

4. How does the Supreme Court check the other branches of government?

  • Relentless scrutiny of the other branches
  • Judicial review
  • Asks members of other branches if they are happy
  • Looks through recent files on members

5. Which landmark Supreme Court case from the Warren Court implicated social change?

  • Brown vs Topeka Board (1954)- segregation in schools and other public facilities was ended shortly after this case, which allowed blacks to go to white schools. It removed the 'separate but equal doctrine' which was deemed to satisfy the 14 amendment
  • Roe vs Wade (1973)- women were not allowed abortions until this case became legal and abortion became legal in 45 states.
  • Plessy vs Ferguson (1897)- Plessy was arrested for sitting on a white carriage on a train and this arrest was deemed constitutional under the 'separate but equal' doctrine, which was seemed to satisfy the 14th amendment.
  • None of the above.

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