Unformatted text preview: Although its members have life tenures and do not face the threat of reelection, the courts are beholden to citizens through the elected branches. In addition to controlling the nomination, jurisdiction, and size of the judiciary, the elected branches can counter Supreme Court decisions with laws or even constitutional amendments. Finally, the Court relies heavily on other branches to help define its agenda and enforce its decisions. However, when power in these other branches is divided across parties (as has increasingly been the case in recent decades), this division can produce severe partisan conflict over the judiciary's agenda and membership. These conflicts have been particularly evident in the recent strategic wrangling between the president and the opposing Senate majority over a variety of nominees....
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- Summer '08