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Unformatted text preview: American Chief Executive Final Study Guide Amicus curiae briefs- means “friend of the court”. The solicitor general decides when the government will file an amicus curiae brief supporting or opposing positions by other parties who have cases pending before the Supreme Court. It is a formal brief or testimony by the solicitor general regarding his opinion over the case. Blue slips- By tradition, whenever a judicial nomination arrives from the White House, the Senate Judiciary Committee has routinely issued blue slips to the two home stated senators, regardless of party. If the two senators support the judicial nomination in question, they indicate their support on the light blue sheets of paper provided and return the slips to the committee. If one or both of the home state senators withheld their blue slip, the Judiciary Committee chairman frequently chose to let the nomination die at this point. Senator’s strict adherence to the blue slip system meant that if the president ever ignored one or both home state senators’...
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- Spring '11
- Government, home state senators, solicitor general decides