TerryMatthewsupremecourtappointments

by Matt112
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Social Studies
Subject:
American History
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TerryMatthewsupremecourtappointments

Choosing a Supreme Court Justice

The first factor when selecting a nominee for the Supreme Court is the nominee’s qualifications. Qualifications usually include experience as a federal court judge but that is not required. Nominees should be of good character-honest, fair, and ethical. They should be knowledgeable and informed. An example of a nominee whose character was questioned is Clarence Thomas. He was accused of sexual harassment but was confirmed anyway; he said that his accuser was lying.

Clarence Thomas- character questions?

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The final factor in selecting a nominee is whether the justice who left was conservative, moderate, or liberal. The Senate may not confirm the appointment if the outgoing justice was liberal and the nominee is conservative. That happened with the nomination of Robert Bork by President Reagan

The third factor is the popularity of the President. If President is popular with the public, it is easier for him to choose a nominee with his own views. Near election time, President will choose nominees that are moderate to keep the public happy.

The second factor when selecting a nominee is ideology, which means the nominee shares the president’s beliefs on issues. For example if the president supports gun control laws, the nominee should share the same view. However it is hard to find a ideal nominee that shares all the president’s views. Also if the President and the nominee’s views are different than the Senate, they won’t approve the nominee. The President might have to choose a candidate that shares some of the same views on issues as the Senate

4 FACTORS PRESIDENTS CONSIDER IN SELECTING SUPREME COURT NOMINESS

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