Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

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  • Rehnquist Court Era Analysis

    The Rehnquist Court Era ended in 2005 with his death in Arlington, Virginia. His influence on the Court has been one of the most palatable of the last century. Rehnquist was the fourth longest serving Chief Justices in U.S. history. His confirmation was not met without controversy. Yet once on the court he proved himself to be beloved by his colleagues and as Chief Justice was able to shape the direction of the court throughout his tenure. Throughout his time on the nation’s highest court he would seek to enhance the power of states to expand their abilities to construct policies, as he sought to limit federal power. This culminated successfully with the striking down of laws under the Commerce Power in U.S. versus Lopez. However, as a Chief Justice he would often act as a writer and arbitrator of majority opinions to maintain past precedent and to moderate the decisions of the court. At times even upholding precedent, which he vehemently dissented from originally. Rehnquist’s time on the court was marked by his flexibility in his decisions, as he would write opinions for both the liberal and conservative sides of the court. His approach differs starkly from the other conservative justices on the court; in comparison the conservative firebrand Justice Scalia, he valued tradition and compromise over orthodoxy. The confirmation of his successor was…

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  • Supreme Court Case: Vermont Vs. Brillon

    Vermont Supreme Court which found that Brillon’s right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment. However, the case was not finalized yet as the Supreme Court would hear the case. On March 9t, 2009, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on Vermont vs. Brillon. A majority opinion was authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The majority found that Brillon’s Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial was not violated. The Court took into account Barker vs. Wingo which declared that the right to a…

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  • Baldus Study: Racial Discrimination

    The majority of the court’s opinion was presented by Justice Lewis Powell. In their analysis they concluded that the Baldus Study did not establish the clear intent of racial discrimination in the plaintiff’s case. They claimed that McCleskey failed to prove that any participating member in his case acted in a discriminatory manner against him. They concluded that discretion is crucial factor in the criminal justice process. Due to the critical need for discretion the plaintiff would have to…

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  • Chief Justice Rehnquist: The Case Of Miranda V. Arizonia

    Chief Justice Rehnquist was appointed by Richard Nixon, in part as a response to the Warren Court’s liberal streak, which he used as a campaign issue. During his confirmation he was met with controversy as it became apparent he in fact disagreed with the precedent set in Borwn v. Board of Education. As an associate Justice he began as states’ rights advocate, which often not only placed Rehnquist not only in the minority, but as a lone dissenter. As time wore on the Court began to become more…

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  • Romer Vs Evans Case Study

    brought to the Supreme Court by Richard G. Evans (Respondent), a gay employee of the mayor of Denver against then Governor Roy Romers, The Attorney General of Colorado, and the State of Colorado (Petitioner). The case was centered around an amendment to the state constitution that prohibited “the state of Colorado… at any level of state or local government from adopting or enforcing any law or policy which provides that homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientation, conduct, or relationships…

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  • Due Process Clause Case Summary

    Brandon Betterman, the petitioner in this case, pleads guilty to jumping bail after not appearing for his court date on charges of domestic assault. Between his conviction and his sentencing, Betterman waited fourteen months due to a delay within the institution (Betterman). He believes that fourteen months should be taken off of his sentencing. This began the ultimate constitutional debate concerning what he considered his right to a speedy trial. The ruling claimed by the Montana Supreme Court…

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  • History Of Federal Courts

    The court system in our country was created under the influences from the Justinian Code, after the Roman Emperor Justinian I, Napoleonic Code, and the common law of Great Britain. Federal and States courts have separate political jurisdictions and procedures, nonetheless, both were established to solve conflicts. However, court systems are different than police departments, in that courts are in a hierarchy order. When a case is seen at a court, the loosing party can appeal to court with more…

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  • The US Chief Justice System

    A chief justice is the name of a presiding judge, which is in federal appeals and state court, the judge that chairs the panel of 3 or more judges during hearings and supervises the business of a court having several members. The US Supreme Court has a chief justice and eight associate justices who sit together as a panel. The General Assembly can increase the number of Associate Justices, but to no more than eight. If the chief justices are unable to perform any of the duties that they need to…

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  • John Roberts Supreme Court Justice

    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Just as it has been more interesting to take this class during an election year, perhaps now is also one of the most interesting times to study a Supreme Court justice. I chose John Roberts for two reasons, first, because he was a conservative and it is very likely that Donald Trump will choose a conservative justice this year. Secondly, because I thought it was interesting that he became a Supreme Court Justice at a relatively young age. I wondered, “Did he…

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  • Supreme Court Functions

    At the head of our federal court system stands the United States Supreme Court. Many present-day US citizens possess minimal knowledge regarding the Supreme Court and how it functions. The Supreme Court serves as the ultimate authority in legal interpretation and its verdicts can only be altered by a constitutional amendment. The Court is in charge of making authoritative decisions concerning many of the most important issues of our time. The Court reviews decisions made by lower courts and its…

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