Warm-Up for 10/16/14

Independence of the Supreme Court
Professor Anna Harvey discussed the independence of the Judiciary and the influence of the U.S. House of Representatives on the judicial branch. (7 mins)

Use the video at www.c-span.org/video/?c4511161/house-representatives-influence-judicial-branch and choose any two of the following questions to respond to:
  1. Describe the common “textbook” explanation of the independence of the judiciary.
  2. Explain how Anna Harvey contradicts that explanation.
  3. What does she mean when she says that the court is “responsive to the preferences of the elected branches?”
  4. Explain how Anna Harvey claims that the “Rehnquist Court” illustrates her argument about Congressional influence on the Supreme Court.
  5. Do you agree with Anna Harvey’s view on Supreme Court independence? Explain by citing or contradicting examples from the clip.