The Judicial Study Guide
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|11. _____ This is a brief, unsigned opinion of the Supreme Court. | |
|12. _____ This is the written opinion of the Supreme Court’s | |
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Did You Think That . . . ?
A number of misconceptions are listed below. You should be able to refute each statement in the space provided, referring to information or argumentation contained in this chapter. Sample answers appear at the end of the Study Guide.
1. “The Framers expected the Supreme Court to play the large role that it subsequently has played.”
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obey the law c. make the law. d. subvert the law. e. enforce the law.
25. Measures of the courts power to make policy include all of the following except: a. declaring over 130 federal laws unconstitutional. b. the frequency at which the court changes its mind. c. degree to which the court is willing to handle matters once left to the legislature. d. the kinds of remedies the court imposes. e. their ability to receive unrestricted campaign donations.
26. Common criticisms of judicial activism include all of the following except: a. judicial activism only works when laws are devoid of ambiguous language. b. judges are not elected and are therefore immune to popular control. c. judicial activism often fails to account for the costs of implementing activist rulings. d. judges usually have no expertise in designing and managing complex institutions. e. none of the above.
27. Between 1961 and 1980, the largest percentage increase in court cases occurred in the area of: a. civil rights. b. prisoner petitions. c. Social Security. d. economic regulation. e. health care.
28. An increase in cases is not the sole reason for the sweeping remedies imposed by courts. A second factor contributing to this trend