Supreme Court: Influences and Interpretations

Jun 16th, 2016
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As you learn about the foundation of the power of the Supreme Court, and the different eras of the Court, share your perspective about the importance of understanding these areas specific to your intended career. Select two eras of the Supreme Court, based on the chief justice presiding over the court, and explain some trends of the decisions in the areas of substantive and procedural law. How did philosophical underpinnings and public policy influence decisions in your selected eras? Was the court more liberal or conservative in each era you selected? What differences did you note between the eras? What did you learn in doing this comparison? How can you connect this learning to your career?

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Unit 2 - Discussion 1Supreme Court: Influences and InterpretationsCompetencies Addressed in This DiscussionCompetency 4: Document philosophical underpinnings and public policy influences associatedwith U.S. Supreme Court decisions.Competency 3: Explain the substantive and procedural interpretations of individual freedomsbased on case analysis.IntroductionThe U.S. Supreme Court renders decisions that bind our nation. Many decisions are interpretations ofthe balance of individual rights and societal needs in the context of the Bill of Rights. The justices havevoting tendencies. These tendencies are shaped by philosophical underpinnings, political ideologies, andpublic policy. Understanding these underlying influences is important when attempting to predict trendsof the Court. One decision can have a significant impact on a criminal justice practitioner.As you learn

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