Definition: What are other important tidbits to know about the Supreme Court?











1. The Supreme Court generally chooses the cases that it wants to hear.

2. Only a small number of the cases appealed to the Supreme Court are actually heard.

3. Especially when a case is appealed from a state, it could take years for one to get to the Supreme Court. There are exceptions, as in the Presidential Election of 2000, the case of Bush v. Gore flew to the Supreme Court. The case involved George W. Bush’s campaign’s desire to end Al Gore’s campaign’s sponsoring of hand-counting ballots in the Florida Election. The Court agreed with Bush, and the counting was stopped.

4. The Supreme Court is usually out of the public eye, and does fewer interviews than Congress or the President. They also don’t look to interfere with arguments between the other two branches.

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