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Judiciary Pt 2 & Interest Groups I. Access to Supreme Court a. Actual case or controversy b. Parties must have standing c. Cannot be moot(already resolved) d. Ripe (not anticipatory) -most are still denied cert II. Checks on Supreme Court a. Rely on cases b. Lack purse and sword (funding and enforcement) c. Legally constrained d. Statutory revision e. Constitutional amendment - ex. Bernie Sanders talks about campaign finance law and how corporations and business have unregulated funding, they can pass an amendment to change what the courts are doing. Works in paper, not in practice - flag burning is unconstitutional, someone may pass an amendment to say that it is f. Public opinion - can’t get too far out of step with public opinion, sort of a check, usually public opinion is in favor and if it isn’t favorable it usually doesn’t happen because it’s too controversial g. They don’t allow cameras in the supreme court, the justices aren’t allowed to email to communicate with one another, extremely private institution----Respect from the American People III. Trump nominated Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court a. Came 1 day after democrats filibustered the nomination b.
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