• How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone
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    How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone

    There’s a job out there with a great deal of power, pay, prestige, and near-perfect job security. And there’s only one way to be hired: get appointed to the US Supreme Court. If you want to become a justice on the Supreme Court, the highest federal court in the United States, three things have to happen. You have to be nominated by the president of the United States, your nomination needs to be approved by the Senate, and finally, the president must formally appoint you to the court. Because the Constitution doesn’t specify any qualifications, in other words, that there’s no age, education, profession, or even native-born citizenship requirement, a…

  • Supreme Court Stories: Marbury v. Madison
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    Supreme Court Stories: Marbury v. Madison

    It goes back to the election of 1800, when Thomas Jefferson and the Democrat-Republicans beat the Federalists of John Adams. And it’s full of politics because Adams, the last time he was in office, appointed these judges. And when Jefferson came in, he decided he didn’t want those judges. Back then, the inauguration, the change of administration… it didn’t really happen until March, so you had this period where Congress was in session, but the president really hadn’t changed. In that two or three months, the Federalists and President Adams, who had just lost, they realized they’re about to become the minority party for the first time ever. And both…

  • Interpreting the Constitution in Modern Day America
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    Interpreting the Constitution in Modern Day America

    ♪♪Music♪♪ So here’s the set up. In Marbury vs. Madison the Supreme Court claimed the power of judicial review, which is to say, take the text of the constitution, read the words of the constitution and interpret them as they would a law and if they found that an act of the legislature, state or national, as in the case of Marbury, violated the constitution or exceeded the scope of power was enacted in and outside the scope of power of the enacting body, then they could invalidate it. Say the statute is unenforceable, that statutes void, it’s unconstitutional is what they would say. So that’s a pretty, it’s a…

  • John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court [POLICYbrief]
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    John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court [POLICYbrief]

    John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He came onto a court which lacked energy, weight, and dignity. Those are the words of the first Chief Justice, John Jay. But after Marshall was Chief Justice for 34 years, no one would ever say that again. America needed a judicial armature to support it. It needed legal rulings in favor of the binding power of contracts and in favor of a national market, and those were supplied by the Marshall Court. Marshall changed the court in a number of ways. I think the first was his geniality. Marshall liked people and people liked him, and this helped…

  • McCulloch v. Maryland Summary | quimbee.com
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    McCulloch v. Maryland Summary | quimbee.com

    – [Narrator] McCulloch versus Maryland may appear to be an old esoteric case about bank charters and taxes. But it’s really about a power struggle of constitutional proportions between the States and the Federal Government. The consequences of that struggle continue to reverberate today. In 1816, Congress passed an act that created the Bank of the United States. A year later, the bank opened a branch in Maryland. To take a shot at the new, all-powerful federal government, Maryland passed an act in 1818 that imposed a $15,000 annual tax on all out-of-state banks operating in the State. The act appeared neutral on the service, but it practically targeted the…

  • The Federalists versus the Anti-Federalists
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    The Federalists versus the Anti-Federalists

    In September of 1787 the Constitution was complete and ready for ratification; almost, gratification means to make something official by signing it, or voting for it and to ratify the Constitution and make it the Supreme Law of the Land, nine of the thirteen states had to approve of it, in the end; it took more than a year and a half to get 11 states to ratify, and nearly two and a half years to get all 13 to ratify. During this time two opposing groups emerged: the Federalists and the anti-federalists. The Federalists were in favor of ratification, they felt the Constitution was already complete as it was,…