Unformatted text preview: Judicial activism – when judges deliberately shape judicial doctrine to conform with their personal view of the Constitution and social policy • Dissenting opinion – the written opinion of one or more Supreme Court justices who disagree with the ruling of the Court’s majority. The opinion outlines the rationale for their disagreement. • Concurring opinion – a written opinion by a Supreme Court justice who agrees with the decision of the Court but disagrees with the rationale for reaching that decision • Attorney general – the head of the Justice Department, represents the federal government’s interests in law courts throughout the nation. • Senatorial courtesy – an informal practice in which senators are given veto power over federal judicial appointments in their home states...
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- Spring '08
- American Politics, Supreme Court of the United States, judicial doctrine, federal judicial appointments