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  1. 1. The Power of the Supreme Court Iman Jackson
  2. 2. <ul><li>Stephen Gerald Breyer was born in San Francisco, California on August 15, 1938. Breyer is known for his pragmatic approach to constitutional law and is associated with the liberal side of the court. </li></ul><ul><li>Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. was born in Trenton, New Jersey on April 1, 1950. Alito was nominated to take Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat in October 2005. He is considered to be a conservative jurist. </li></ul><ul><li>Sandra Day O’Conner was born in El Paso, Texas on March 26, 1930. She was also the first woman to serve as an associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was a strict constructionist.(Retired) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Ruth Bader Ginsburg is from Brooklyn, New York; Born on March 15, 1933 </li></ul><ul><li>Antonin Scalia – Born in Trenton, New Jersey on March 11, 1936 </li></ul><ul><li>Anthony M. Kennedy – Born in Sacramento, California on July 23, 1936 </li></ul><ul><li>David Hackett Souter – Melrose, Massachusetts on September 17, 1939 </li></ul>
  4. 5. Conservative, Liberal, Moderate <ul><li>Conservative views: </li></ul><ul><li>Babies have the right to live </li></ul><ul><li>The homosexual agenda is destructive to the nation as a whole </li></ul><ul><li>The feminist agenda is also destructive to the family and traditional values that have served well for thousands of years </li></ul><ul><li>We need a strong armed forces to protect the country </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Liberal views: </li></ul><ul><li>Believe in abortion </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom of Thought and Speech </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations on the power of government </li></ul><ul><li>The rule of law </li></ul>
  5. 6. Appointment of Judges <ul><li>Judges are appointed to office by the President of the United States, with the approval of the United States Senate </li></ul><ul><li>They are appointed by a close evaluation by the Department of Justice, who consult with others to evaluate the prospect’s abilities </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Conservative Judge </li></ul><ul><li>Douglas Howard Ginsburg </li></ul><ul><li>41 year old jewish judge, born in Chicago on May 25, 1946 </li></ul><ul><li>Attended Cornell University </li></ul><ul><li>One of the youngest men ever </li></ul><ul><li>nominated to the Supreme Court </li></ul><ul><li>Currently lives in Washington with his wife Dr. Hallee Morgan and his 2 year old daughter, Hallee K. Morgan </li></ul><ul><li>Liberal Judge </li></ul><ul><li>Lee Gates </li></ul><ul><li>55 year old sole black judge in Clark County District Court </li></ul><ul><li>Received bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 1974. Graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder law school in 1977. </li></ul><ul><li>Served as chief district judge for two years, starting in 1998, has served on the Supreme Court Task Force on Gender, Racial, Economic Bias and led the State Bar’s minority relations committee. </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>When a party requests a Supreme Court decision, it files a petition for a writ of certiorari (“to be made certain). These petitions are screened by the Court’s law clerks, and then reviewed by the Justices on the rule of 4 basis noted above. </li></ul><ul><li>When the Justices accept a case, they then decide whether to ask for more information and oral arguments from the attorneys or whether to decide the case quickly based on the attorneys briefs. Cases decided without further information are announced with a per curium decision. This is a very brief statement of the Court’s decision. </li></ul>
  8. 10. Fact <ul><li>US Supreme Court halts execution in Virginia hours before man slated to die. </li></ul><ul><li>October 18, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Pilot </li></ul>