Law and Politics April 1st, 2009 Lecture ? Notes -Justices cannot be fired, laid off, down-sized or out-sourced. Additionally, the only way to kill or wound a justice is with a diamond-tipped bullet from the anvil of Hephaestus -America, The Book p. 83 -Today?s Lecture: Deciding to decide: how do justices decide to take cases? Deciding to Decide: -Rule of four (discuss list), role of clerks, paid/pauper -What factors influence decision to hear case? -Technical Criteria ? jurisdiction, standing, mootness -Conflict in lower courts ? Rule 10 -Importance of Issue ? Broader is Better -Policy Preferences ? In 2001, court affirmed in only 23% of cases -Identity of Petitioner ? When Fed. Government petitions, they often get heard
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