POLI202 Study Guide - Exam 2

POLI202 Study Guide - Exam 2 - DECISION-MAKING ON THE...

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DECISION-MAKING ON THE MERITS Mechanics 1. Written Briefs 2. Oral Argument a. 30 minutes per side 3. Conference a. Justices discuss in order of seniority 4. Opinion Writing a. Majority Opinion – assigned by most senior justice b. Justice’s Options: i. Selected to write the opinion of the Court ii. Join the majority opinion iii. Write a special concurring opinion iv. Write a dissenting opinion c. Gratz v. Bollinger (2003) i. Opinion self-assigned by Chief Justice Rehnquist ii. O’Connor wrote regular concurrence d. Lawrence v. Texas i. O’Connor wrote special concurrence Factors Affecting Decisions 1. Legal Explanations a. Original Intent i. Chief Justice Rehnquist – supported ii. Justice Brennan – opposed
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b. Precedent (stare decisis) i. Rotary International v. Rotary of Duarte (1987) – used precedent of Roberts v. Jaycees (1984) ii. Van Orden v. Perry (2005) – used precedent of Lynch v. Donnelly (1984) iii. McCollum v. Georgia (1992) – although Rehnquist had dissented in Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Co.
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