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Justice Essay

  • Submitted by: mayo01
  • on December 11, 2011
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 487 words

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On what basis does the president select justices for the Supreme Court? What factors influence the likelihood that the Senate will confirm a Supreme Court nominee? Do backgrounds of justices affect their behavior on the bench? What is the difference between strict and loose construction? Which do you think is the most appropriate way of interpreting the Constitution, and why?
Under the Constitution, justices on the Supreme Court receive lifetime appointments, when a justices retires or for some reason a seat comes available two general motivations appear to underline the choices of almost every president, one is the desire to have the nomination serve the president’s political   interests   (in the partism and electoral senses of the word “political”, as well as in the public policy sense); the second is to demonstrate that a search was successfully made for a nominee having the highest professional qualifications. The procedure for appointing a Justice is provided for by the Constitution, the “Appointment Clause”. The president shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint…Judges of the Supreme Court. The candidate must first be nominated by the president and then confirmed by the senate. The process of appointing Justices has undergone changes over two centuries, but its most basic feature-sharing of power between the President and Senate-has remained unchanged. The precise criteria used in selecting a Supreme Court nominee vary from President to President. Presidents often nominate their friends and acquaintances people they know and trust.
Some factors that may influence the likelihood that the senate will confirm a Supreme Court nominee, political factors, partisanship of the justice and senatorial courtesy, ideology, the judicial qualifications of the nominee, seniority, gender, and race. Also another factor is what law school the nominee attended, we expect graduates from top law schools are generally perceived to have...

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