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Week 8 CheckPoint Federal Court Structure

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Running head: WEEK 8 CHECKPOINT: FEDERAL COURT STRUCTURE 1 Week 8 CheckPoint: Federal Court Structure April Arnold University of Phoenix American National Government POS 110 John F. Day August 06, 2010
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Week 8 CheckPoint: Federal Court Structure As an attorney defending a criminal case the options for appeals are either to take the case to one of the twelve courts of appeals, namely the seventh court of appeals, or to the court of appeals for the federal circuit, before it will be heard by the Supreme Court. In the court of appeals there is no hearing of the facts, only a review of the facts already heard in the original trial and they will review previous laws to try to find a basis for changing the original ruling. The likelihood of this case reaching the Supreme Court is almost none. The Supreme Court only hears cases in which there is a law that is unconstitutional.
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Unformatted text preview: The current Supreme Court justices are: • Elena Kagan: appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama • Sonia Sotomayor: appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama • Samuel A. Alito, Jr.: appointed in 2006 by George W. Bush • Steven Breyer: appointed in 1994 by President Bill Clinton • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton • Clarence Thomas: appointed in 1991 by President George H. W. Bush • Antonin Scalia: appointed in 1986 by President Ronald Regan The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is John G. Roberts: appointed in 2005 by President George W. Bush. References Longley, R. (n.d.). Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices . Retrieved from http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscourtsystem/a/supctjustices.htm...
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