The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of law in the country. The cases it hears begin in federal or state courts, and they usually involve important questions about the Constitution or federal law. Its rulings are final and cannot be appealed to any other court. Because it represents the last stop in the judicial system, the Supreme Court wields tremendous power in the American political system. Legalities regarding abortion, campaign finance and detainment of terrorist suspects, to name just a few, have been established by the court, establishing the legal boundaries for these critical public policy issues. Due to its position of power, justices on the high court have been caught up in high stakes political battles in Congress, where Presidential appointees must be confirmed by the US Senate.
(University of Virginaia)
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Roper v. Simmons (Oyez)
(by Howard J. Bashman, Law.com)
(by L. Paige Whitaker, CRS Report for Congress) (PDF)