Judicial Politics 4-10-08

Judicial Politics 4-10-08 - 4/10/2008 8:13:00 AM Is the...

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10/04/2008 07:13:00 Is the Public Aware of Court Surveys show mostly ‘no’ Prerequisites: media coverage of the Court Episodic coverage of Ct o More news coverage in June (end of term, informal deadline) o Slightly more in Oct (start of term) WHY DOES MEDIA COVER THE SUPREME COURT? Salience of case matters most o Tax cases, unanimous decisions not covered o dissent) covered more DOES COVERAGE AFFECT AWARENESS has to get above 20 news stories to be well-known by public CAN THE COURT AFFECT PUBLIC OPINION FDR’s Ct-packing plan o The Pres. proposed that the Supreme Court be expanded by adding  one new judgeship for each sitting justice over the age of seventy –  this would allow FDR to appoint 6 new justices to the SC o Found public opinion can be affected by ct decisions
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