Notes 11-28-11 [conituned from last class]

Notes 11-28-11 [conituned from last class] - The Courts...

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The Courts: Above Politics? A. Background 1. Courts very important in US - Often the final word - Political institution 2. Many judicial systems in US - Each state - Federal: 94 districts, 12 courts of appeals - Forum-shopping: seek favorable court - Lititeous (sp?) society: high volume of cases 3. Jurisdiction determins where cases are heard - Violations of federal law => federal system - Over 90% in state systems - Original jurisdiction = immediately to Supreme Court 4. All systems have 2 things in common - Bound by constitution - Supreme court is ultimate 5. Major difference = serves of justices B. People in the Judiciary 1. Federal judges - Appointed by President, confirmed by congress - Serve for life 2. State judges - Elected, appointed, or appointed w/ retention - Many now campaign for office - Vulnerable if controversial rulings 3. Federal appointments - Virtually no regulations - About 90% same party as president - Most federal judges now republicans - If courts were neutral, would party mater? 4.
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Notes 11-28-11 [conituned from last class] - The Courts...

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