Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court reflects the substantial changes in the makeup of the High Court and landmark rulings from recent Court terms. No other reference on the Court offers so much detail and insight in such a readable format. This classic resource explains everything readers need to know about the Supreme Court, from its origins and how it functions to the people who have shaped it and the impact of its decisions on American life and the path of U.S. constitutional law. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court covers the Court’s entire history; its operations; its power in relation to other branches of government; major decisions affecting the other branches, the states, individual rights and liberties; and biographies of the justices.

Chapter 16: Presidential Pressure

Chapter 16: Presidential pressure

The major way a president exerts influence over the Supreme Court's work is through the power to select its members. And presidents throughout history have been well aware that the justices they select will shape public policy.

All presidents attempt to place on the Court justices—usually from their political party—whose views coincide with their own. But this effort has met with varying ...

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