government chapter 12 review

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The vast majority of cases heard by the Supreme Court reach the Court
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as appeals from lower court decisions
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This is an order from the Court to send up the records on a case for review
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writ of certiorari
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This is a written statement setting forth the legal arguments
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brief
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One or more justices who agree with the majority’s conclusions about a case, but do so for different reasons write a(n)
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concurring opinion
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This is NOT a way the Supreme Court determines policy
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passing laws
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This comprises the largest block of the Court’s cases
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civil liberties
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This is NOT a limit on the Court’s cases
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congressional jurisdiction
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This person assigns the writing of opinions to the justices
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chief justices
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The president’s most important influences over the Court is the power to
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appoint justices with Senate consent
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The number of justices on the Court is set by
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Congress
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The Court may reverse its earlier decision because of
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changes in American society
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Supreme Court written decisions
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opinions
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main route to the Supreme Court
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writ of certiorari
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unsigned statement of Court’s decision
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per curiam opinion
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friend of the court
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amicus curiae
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appointed by the president
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solicitor general
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Marybury v. Madison
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judicial review
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stare decisis
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let the decision stand
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model
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precedent
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unchallenged ruling on a law or action
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advisory opinion
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foundation for deciding cases
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law
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coalitions of justices
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voting blocs
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swing vote
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deciding vote
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the Senate’s control over the Court
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confirmation power
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shape decisions the Court makes
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Congress and the president

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