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U.S. Government And Politics, 2nd Edition by Franco Scardino

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CHAPTER15

The Federal Court System

In This Chapter

  • Traditions in the American judiciary
  • History of American courts
  • The scope of the judiciary
  • Judicial power in American democracy

The American judiciary has historically been viewed as wielding extraordinary power. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: “If I were asked where I place the American aristocracy, I should reply without hesitation … that it occupies the judicial bench and bar …. Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question.”

Judges play a central role in our political life and have a large role in making public ...

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