Political Science 2244E Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Litmus, Judicial Activism, Senatorial Courtesy

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Know name of all supreme court justices. Basic key supreme court cases and facts. Arguments as a machine: work better when they have all the parts, do(cid:374)"t lea(cid:448)e (cid:449)ork up to the reader. Think of each paragraph as a mini paper. Citations: avoid a long string of the same source. Supreme court most visible but not only game in town: christian conservatives are now voting primarily for the courts. Federal courts in general, even more important on normal basis. State courts most commonly encountered by people (most crimes handled by them) Courts and rights civil liberties (bill of rights) then civil rights. Traditionally the first to speak and the last to vote. When the chief justice is in the majority of a decision, then he assigns who writes the majority opinion. If not, then it is assigned by the next most senior person. Their o(cid:374)e (cid:448)otes (cid:272)ou(cid:374)t the sa(cid:373)e as the 9 other justi(cid:272)e"s (cid:448)otes together.

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