Supreme Court Notes:
Legal and Political Institution
o Legal ruling and policy questions.
Court only looks at Federal questions, and some diversity questions: citizens in different
states have disputes.
Supreme Court has discretionary jurisdiction: can ch
Lawyers, litigants continued
Main role is to manage legal work for the government.
Appointed by president and confirmed by Senate. US Solicitor General decides which
cases the government will be party to and present
Jurisdiction: power of court to hear a case.
Geographical Jurisdiction: state or national level
Subject Matter Jurisdiction: type of case court can hear
Original Jurisdiction: First time case could be heard (ex. Trial court)
State courts vary from state to state.
a. Rapid urbanization led to fragmentation
a.i. Fragmentation: overlapping jurisdiction.
a.ii. Organization problems, inadequate funding of courts.
a.iii. Fragmentation led to unificat
Summary of Songer Do the "Haves" Come out Ahead over Time?
February 27, 2014
Songer attempts to apply Galanters theory of the haves coming out ahead in the legal
system. The essay opens up with research that had been conducted regarding the ha
March 6, 2014
Case name and Citation: Miranda v. Arizona (1966)
Brief Description and Background Facts: The defendant offered incriminating evidence during
police interrogations without prior notification of their rights
Case name: Good News Club v. Milford Central School (2011)
Background facts: Milford Central School denied the request of a private Christian
organization for children, Good News Club, to have weekly afterschool meetings