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Judiciary decision-making can be explained with three different models. The first model is the legal model. The legal model states that the Supreme Court justices make decisions based on facts of the case and on laws and precedent. Precedent can be described as a previous case which deals with the same or similar issue. The second judiciary decision-making model is the attitudinal model. In this model justices make decisions solely based on their ideologies. Conservative justices tend to interpret the constitution in a conservative way while liberal justices interpret the constitution in a liberal way. Justices are only removed from office if they are impeached and convicted, which has never occurred. Because of this, justices are seldom afraid to make decisions and are not afraid to lose their jobs. This model eliminates any obstacle keeping justices from making decisions purely based on their ideals. The third and final judiciary decision-making model is the strategic model. In the strategic model justices make strategic decisions based on how they think their colleagues will decide and how their choices will be received by the public. In the strategic model justices are still trying to push their ideals but are constrained by the behavior and expectations of others.
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