Question for anyone knowledgeable about the Supreme Court and Constitutional law?

When deciding a case, what kind of information out side of the Constitution does SCOTUS consider. For example, are there other documents and/or supporting documents they consider. Do they consider existing case law and precedents?

That is what it is all about and why they have law clerks and ask for briefs from all the parties! You also have to remember that in most cases the case they are looking at has gone through several appeals already, and their is that to consider!

They consider things like English Common Law, the Magna Carta and the certainly consider all existing case law!

They understand that their decision on a single case can have massive ramifications. They also look at that!

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2 thoughts on “Question for anyone knowledgeable about the Supreme Court and Constitutional law?

    bootsontheroad

    (February 6, 2010 - 9:11 am)

    They consider the papers written by the founding fathers for the intent. ie. The Jefferson Papers.
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    cantcu

    (February 6, 2010 - 9:36 am)

    That is what it is all about and why they have law clerks and ask for briefs from all the parties! You also have to remember that in most cases the case they are looking at has gone through several appeals already, and their is that to consider!

    They consider things like English Common Law, the Magna Carta and the certainly consider all existing case law!

    They understand that their decision on a single case can have massive ramifications. They also look at that!
    References :

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