Understanding the decision-making process of justices and senators in the US Supreme Court

Exploring how justices of the US Supreme Court choose cases to hear and how senators decide on their confirmed vote.

00:00:00 Exploring how justices of the US Supreme Court choose cases to hear and how senators decide on their confirmed vote. Changes in the court's docket and the constant 'Rule of Four' are discussed.

🔍 The Supreme Court takes up about 60 to 70 cases per year, but this number has decreased over time.

📝 The Rule of Four states that at least four justices must agree to hear a case.

🗳️ Senators play a role in choosing and confirming Supreme Court justices.

00:01:26 In order for a case to be heard before the Supreme Court, four justices must agree that there is a significant constitutional question. Internal changes and ideological homogeneity of the justices can affect the number of cases heard.

🔍 Four justices are required to support hearing a case before the Supreme Court.

🏛️ The court cannot hear all the appealed cases and only those with substantial constitutional questions are heard.

🔄 Decisions of lower courts stand when the Supreme Court does not hear a case.

00:02:50 The video explains how ideological diversity or homogeneity among Supreme Court justices affects their decision to grant cert and hear cases.

🔍 When the Supreme Court consists of ideologically homogeneous justices, there is less uncertainty about their decisions.

💪 Justices are more willing to grant cert to cases when they have colleagues who share their ideology.

🤝 Some justices have been successful in persuading others to hear certain cases.

00:04:17 Learn how Justices and Senators vote in the Supreme Court. Discover the factors that influence their decisions, including ideology, qualifications, and party affiliation.

⚖️ Former football player Byron White was skilled at persuading fellow Supreme Court justices to take on more cases.

📜 Congress has made changes to the Supreme Court's jurisdiction over the years, including a law in 1988 that reduced the number of cases the Court is required to hear.

🗳️ Senators consider ideology, qualifications, and party affiliation when voting on Supreme Court nominees.

00:05:42 The influence of party affiliation and ideological distance impacts how senators vote on Supreme Court nominees, regardless of the nominee's party affiliation.

📚 Presidents who are more popular have a higher likelihood of their justices being confirmed.

⚖️ A senator's party affiliation plays a significant role in their voting decision for confirming a justice.

📊 The ideological distance between a senator and a justice can influence the senator's support or opposition.

00:07:09 How senators and justices vote on nominees depends on ideology and qualifications. Ideological distance affects support, but close ideology and high qualifications increase approval probability.

📚 Qualifications and ideological distance heavily influence senator's vote on nominee confirmation.

⭐ Highly qualified nominees with close ideological alignment have a strong chance of being confirmed.

❌ Unqualified nominees with significant ideological differences have a very low chance of being confirmed.

00:08:35 US senators take into consideration party identification, ideology, and qualifications when voting on Supreme Court nominees.

📚 US senators consider party identification, ideology, and the qualifications of a nominee before confirming them for the Supreme Court.

🗳️ Predicting how senators will vote on a nominee is often possible based on statistics.

Summary of a video "Class 15a; How Do Justices and Senators Vote" by ASUPos110 on YouTube.

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