March_11th - PLS 320: AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS Midterm...

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    PLS 320: AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS Midterm Overview Judicial Decision-Making in the Political System Judicial Impact
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    Exam Statistics Mean: 64.31 (or 80.4%) Standard Deviation: 8.27 Median: 65 IQR: 9.5 (70 - 60.5) High: 79 by three people
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    GROUP ASSIGNMENT RESULTS Winning Group Secretaries: McKeon  (Legal), Hill (Attitudinal), and Agueros  (Strategic). I also awarded an extra point to the  Hinman Team (an Extremely Close Second  for Attitudinal) The Debate Will Be March 18 th .  Each  Group Should Meet Briefly Outside Class  to Organize Your Discussion.
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    Debate Rules o Each Group Will Have a Three-Minute Introduction. o After All the Introductions, Each Group Will Field  Questions about the Strengths and Weaknesses of their  Model. o Each Group Will Then Present a Two-Minute Summary  and Conclusion. o Groups Will Be Evaluated on Both The Quality and the  Number of Different Members Who Participate. o The Winning Team Receives Three Extra Credit Points.
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    Full Class Participation o Any Student Who is not Participating in the  Debate can Earn One Point Extra Credit by  Providing a One to Three Line Legible  Question—along with his or her name—Before  the Start of Class. o Each Student Will also Have a Vote as to Who  Wins the Debate.   o All Members of Each Group Should Be  Prepared to Answer Questions.
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    Decision-Making The Political Model o Views Courts Within a System of Checks and Balances. o State Courts have less Judicial Independences for Several  Reasons: 1. Few States Have Lifetime Tenure for Judges. 2. Most States Have Easier Rules For Modifying their State Constitution. o Because State Judges are Less Independent, they are more  susceptible to Retaliation.
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    Political Models for State Courts Even Accountable Judges, in these Models, have  Policy Preferences that they try to advance, given  their resources. Langer (2002) “Judicial review is shaped by the  pursuit of political ambitions, institutional rules,  and arrangements governing judicial behavior in  the state” (xiii). Therefore, we expect ideology to be a factor, but  also political and institutional concerns.
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    Strategic Considerations in Political Contexts Can Other Government Branches Effectively Retaliate  Against Judges? 1.
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