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 17: The Court, the Media, and Public Opinion

Chapter 17: The court, the media, and public opinion

More than any other part of the American government, the courts rely on the consent of the governed. The Supreme Court, the highest and most powerful court in the land, has no enforcement power as Alexander Hamilton famously pointed out in Federalist Paper No. 78. The extent to which its decisions are implemented or ignored depends ...

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