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Your final exam in PLSC 112 is scheduled for Wednesday, December 23rd. Exam #4 covers chapters 4, 5, and 9 in your textbook and any handouts IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK FOR HELP. P ROFESSOR L AVERTY ' S O FFICE H OURS : M/W/F 10 AM -12 PM in PH 601P P ROFESSOR L AVERTY ' S E MAIL A DDRESS : [email protected] --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ch. 9 (Courts) 1) List and describe the functions that law plays in our society. Why are some laws so controversial? What connection is there between our laws and our political and cultural values? 2) Why did Alexander Hamilton (one of the founders of the Constitution) believe that the courts would be the “least dangerous” branch of government? Was he right or wrong? 3) Who was John Marshall? How does his ruling in Marbury v. Madison (1803) influence the powers of the Supreme Court in comparison to the other branches of the federal government? 4) What is the difference between original jurisdiction and appellate jurisdiction? Do most of the cases that the US Supreme Court hears come to it under original or appellate jurisdiction? 5) Describe the state and federal court systems in terms of their structures and the types of cases they handle. Which system handles the majority of legal cases in the country today? Can a case ever go from one system to the other? If so, how? If not, why not? 6) How do Supreme Court Justices get chosen? (Discuss the things that influence their nominations, AND the approval process that they must go through after being nominated.) 7) Describe strict constructionism, and judicial interpretivism. How might each philosophy influence the way a judge rules on a case involving the “right” to privacy? 8) What is a writ of certiorari? What steps must you go through if you want to receive a writ of certiorari from the US Supreme Court? What kind of legal question must be involved if you expect to get a writ of cert. from the US Supreme Court?
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  • Winter '08
  • sidlow
  • Supreme Court of the United States, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, US Supreme Court

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