Last Modified: 2016-03-08
Citizens United vs. Federal Eleciton Commission (2009)
-Issuing rulings over disputes with out laws
-Ensuring punishment of individuals who violate laws
-Compensating victims of violations
-D.C. circuit, federal circuit, accepts cases based on subject matter vs. location
First and last court to hear a case
**State vs. State issues
-Developing rules to dictate resolution of disputes
-Election votes not counted in FL, FL S.C. counted tardy votes to Gore's vote, Bush appealed to the S.C.; S.C. deemed the manual recounts unconstitutional
**Due to Equal Protection Clause
Senior senator from the state of a district court vacancy assists the president in selecting a replacement
**Applies only to district court appointees
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