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The Behavior of Advocates before the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Oral Arguments Before the Supreme Court: An Empirical Approach

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195368628
eISBN:
9780199867554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368628.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

Despite opportunities for practice and feedback before making an appearance before the Court, some advocates make errors—everything from strategic errors to mistaking one justice for another. This ... More


Oral Arguments: Are They No Longer Essential?

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in Oral Arguments Before the Supreme Court: An Empirical Approach

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195368628
eISBN:
9780199867554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368628.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

Two hundred years ago the Supreme Court justices formed their opinions on the basis of the oral arguments; there were no briefs, and oral arguments lasted as long as five days. Now oral arguments ... More


Judges’ Religion

Brian H. Bornstein and Monica K. Miller

in God in the Courtroom: Religion's Role at Trial

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195328677
eISBN:
9780199869954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328677.003.006
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter reviews social scientific research on the relationship between judges' religion and their decisions. It begins with a historical perspective on the role of religion in judicial selection ... More


Oral Arguments Before the Supreme Court: An Empirical Approach

Lawrence Wrightsman

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195368628
eISBN:
9780199867554
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368628.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

Of all the activities done by the Supreme Court justices as they form their decisions on important cases, the oral arguments are the only step in the process visible to the public. Despite this ... More


The Supreme Court: The Least Understood Branch

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195306040
eISBN:
9780199894093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter begins by laying out the purpose of the book, which is to apply the methods and findings of psychology and the other social sciences to further a knowledge and appreciation of the ... More


Can the Court’s Decisions Be Predicted?

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195306040
eISBN:
9780199894093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter explores the actual degree of predictability of outcomes of cases, as well as the votes of individual justices. It presents three hypotheses about the predictability of outcomes, and all ... More


The Selective Nature of Supreme Court Justices

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195306040
eISBN:
9780199894093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

Even though the nomination of justices to the Court is one of the supremely important activities of a president, sometimes the choice is made with little thought or for less than ideal reasons. And, ... More


The Bush v. Gore Decision

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195306040
eISBN:
9780199894093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

The decision by the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore will forever be mentioned as one of its most significant. On December 12, 2000, it curtailed the recounting of votes in Florida, meaning that George ... More


Steps in the Decision-Making Process

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

in The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195306040
eISBN:
9780199894093
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter discusses the Supreme Court's decision-making process. Topics covered include case selection, the frequency of granting certiorari, the rule of four, the interval between granting ... More


The Psychology of the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195306040
eISBN:
9780199894093
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306040.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

With the media spotlight on the recent developments concerning the Supreme Court, more and more people have become increasingly interested in the highest court in the land. Who are the justices that ... More


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