Neil Gorsuch Confirmed As Next Supreme Court Justice

There has been a lot in the news over the last week, but perhaps the most significant and long lasting bit of news was the Senate Confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch, at the young age of 49, will serve a lifelong appointment on the nation's highest court. However, his …

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How does a case end up in front of the Supreme Court?

Article III of the U.S. Constitution created the Supreme Court and authorized congress to create a system of lower courts. This is the foundation for our federal court structure as we know it today. It includes 94 District Courts, which compromise 13 Circuit Court's of Appeals, which the U.S. Supreme Court is the court of …

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No, You’re Not an Originalist

In battles for Supreme Court seats, conservatives like to use words like “originalist” as a dog whistle to their supporters that this nominee is right-leaning or conservative themselves. The same way they will refer to left-leaning judges as “judicial activists” in an attempt to discredit them. Originalism, in its modern use means that Supreme Court …

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Thank Marshall for Judicial Review

The court system of the United States is set up to be the interpreter of laws, and to land rulings that often decide the fate of controversial laws, as it relates to their constitutionality. When the opposition is in control and is able to run a number of laws through congress and the executive that many on the other side find unfitting to our nation, it often falls to the judiciary to be the final check to stop said legislation. The power to do this is not actually strictly described in the constitution, and can often be a point of controversy itself. It all starts with the Judiciary Act of 1789 and a scorned justice of the peace, and ends with a judicial opinion that would permanently alter the trajectory of the Supreme Court.