Oral Arguments and Decision Making on the United States Supreme Court

Oral Arguments and Decision Making on the United States Supreme Court

by Timothy R. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791461033

ISBN-13: 9780791461037

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

How oral arguments influence the decisions of Supreme Court justices.

Timothy R. Johnson focuses on an all-too-often ignored aspect of the Supreme Court’s decision-making process by providing a systematic explanation of how justices use oral arguments to make substantive legal and policy decisions. Using the arguments filed to the Court in legal briefs,

Overview

How oral arguments influence the decisions of Supreme Court justices.

Timothy R. Johnson focuses on an all-too-often ignored aspect of the Supreme Court’s decision-making process by providing a systematic explanation of how justices use oral arguments to make substantive legal and policy decisions. Using the arguments filed to the Court in legal briefs, oral argument transcripts, notes taken by Justice Lewis F. Powell during oral arguments, conference notes and internal memos of justices, and Court opinions, the book analyzes justices’ behavior during these proceedings. The result is an impressive account demonstrating that justices use oral arguments to gather information regarding legal and policy options in a case, the preferences of competing political institutions and actors, and institutional rules that might affect the choices they make.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791461037
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
SUNY series in American Constitutionalism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Tables

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Oral Arguments as an Information-Gathering Tool

3. Oral Arguments and Coalition Formation

4. Conference, Opinion Writing, and Oral Arguments

5. Oral Arguments and Decisions on the Merits

6. Conclusions and Implications

Appendix 1. Data Selection

Appendix 2. Data Reliability

Appendix 3. Example of Justice Powell's Oral Argument Notes from Chapter 3

Notes

References

Cases Cited or in the Sample

Index

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