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By Otis H. Stephens, Jr. , and John M. Scheb II

AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL legislation, Volumes I and II, combines situations, judgements, and authorial remark to maximise your studying and knowing during this direction. those finished volumes hide the complete variety of subject matters in constitutional legislations. all the chapters comprises a longer essay offering the criminal, historic, political, and cultural contexts for the set of edited judgements from the USA excellent courtroom case that follows. In picking, enhancing, and updating the fabrics, the authors emphasize fresh traits in significant parts of constitutional interpretation. whilst, the authors comprise many landmark judgements, a few of which continue value as precedents whereas others illustrate the temporary nature of constitutional interpretation. as the publication offers a great stability of selections and authorial observation, this article appeals to teachers of legislation in addition to teachers of political technology.

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This innovative Act formally abolished the burdensome duties of circuit-riding, a major source of complaint among Supreme Court justices. The incoming Jefferson Administration regarded this reform as a blatant political power play and engineered the repeal of the Act in 1802. Circuit-riding duties were reinstituted and, as previously noted, were not fully terminated until 1891. The lame duck Federalist Congress also adopted legislation creating a number of minor judicial positions for the newly established District of Columbia.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court occupies a position of preeminence in the American constitutional system. The Supreme Court operates within an elaborate framework of legal principles, precedents, and procedures. Because of its institutional status as an independent branch of government, and the fact that the legal questions it addresses often involve important issues of public policy, the Court is both a political and a legal entity. The Court’s political role is highlighted every time the Court addresses a controversial public issue such as abortion, school prayer, gay rights, affirmative action, or the death penalty.

Although Congress theoretically could expand or contract the membership of the Court, powerful tradition militates against doing so. The Supreme Court’s first session opened in New York City on Monday, February 1, 1790. Because no cases appeared on the docket, the session was adjourned ten days later. During its first decade, 1790–1801, the Court met twice a year for brief terms beginning in February and August. Over the years, the Court’s annual sessions have expanded along with its workload and its role in the political and legal system.

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