a_lect_21 - MARCH21 FinishupJudiciary Howdojudgesdecide

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MARCH 21 Finish up Judiciary How do judges decide Checks on the Supreme Court Begin Public Opinion Political Socialization How do we measure it?
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HOW DO JUDGES DECIDE? Constitution Stare decisis : let the decision stand . Political considerations Ideology Strategic decision making
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Different ways to interpret the Constitution: Original Intent:  what did the framers intend Plain-meaning of the text:  what does the constitution say? Living-constitution: What does the constitution say, in light of US  history? Activism vs. Restraint?
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BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION, an example of strategic decision making Precedent: previous court decision applicable to a  case Plessy v. Furguson (1896) Reliance on precedent?: Stare decisis Timing: Political considerations
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TYPES OF OPINIONS Majority: the decision of the Court held by the  majority of its members Concurring: vote with the majority, but disagree  with some aspect Dissenting: those who vote against the majority opinions?
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BROWN V. BOARD DECISION
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2011 for the course FIN 320f taught by Professor Toprac during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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a_lect_21 - MARCH21 FinishupJudiciary Howdojudgesdecide

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