march 25 - March 25 Government key terms: non-political...

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March 25 Government key terms: non-political myth, judicial review, partisan appointment of federal judges, Robert Bork, Wesberry v. Sanders (1964), Reynolds v. Sims (1964), Roe v. Wade (1973), Texas v. Johnson (1989), Bush v. Gore (2000), "Imperial Judiciary" The Judiciary 1. The myth of the non-political judiciary Independent judiciary = means the politicians can't remove the judges just because they don't like what they do - judges have been removed for corruption or some other kind of malfeasance Why extremely hard to remove federal judge? - they don't have to pay attention to elections. .. to what elected politicians want them to do. .. theoretically allows them to follow the law Myth = that a judge is not a politician and a court is not a political institution Judge. .. scientific detachment, what kinds of evidence are relevant, does not care who wins, only ther to ensure that the procedures are followed. - in that sense, at that level, it's true that we don't want judges to be politicians. Want the judge to be impartial. .. only to care that fair procedures are implemented. - but at high levels, especially at the level of the Supreme Court. .. they interpret laws and the Constitution --> political activities The fact that we have an independent judiciary wouldn't be so important. .. if it weren't for the fact that
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2009 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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