The judiciary is one of the three branches involved in the “checks and balances” associated with the U.S. government under the Constitution. It is also the branch over which the American people have the least direct control, making it particularly controversial, especially when it seems to controvert the popular will as expressed through the legislature. For this assignment, review the powers which the Constitution grants to the Supreme Court in Article III. Then summarize the history of, reasoning behind, and the public reaction to a momentous U.S. Supreme Court decision. Also, explain the decision’s impact on relevant concerns, such as the economy, politics, religious freedom, civil liberties, human rights, and so forth. In your opinion, was the decision valid in terms of its constitutional interpretation and its impact on the nation? When do you believe the Supreme Court should get involved in national controversies, and what rubric should it use to make its decisions?
You are free to write about any Supreme Court case, though you are advised to use a case related to the topic of your final paper. Note, though, that you may not recycle substantial passages from this assignment in the Final Paper. The paper should include an analysis of the text of the decision, and should also draw from two scholarly, secondary sources obtained through the Ashford University library..The paper must be three to four pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least two scholarly resources (which can be found in the Ashford Online Library) other than the textbook to support your claims and subclaims. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.