The Supreme Court of the United States is the nation's highest judicial body. Its nine justices serve life terms and are appointed by the president of the United States with the concurrence of the U.S. Senate. The nomination and confirmation of new justices is always accompanied by political maneuvering and sometimes heated debates as the high court's rulings can fundamentally influence many aspects of American social, political and economic life. Brookings experts examine many of the political and procedural issues connected to the court.
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - A news assistant runs to his co-workers with copies of court decisions past anti-death penalty demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 29, 2015. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection procedure does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to opponents of the death penalty.
Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al.
June 29, 2015, Thomas E. Mann
On June 29 the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's initiative to establish an independent redistricting commission by 5-4. In this post, Thomas Mann reacts to the decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.
Law and Justice
The Struggle to Shape the Federal Judiciary
2009, Forrest Maltzman and Sarah A. Binder
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