Time needed: 1–2 hours
Computer, tablet, or phone with internet access
The judicial branch of the government is made up of courts and judges. The system ladders up to the highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court.
You are going to dig into a case that was tried by the Supreme Court!
The Supreme Court, which is sometimes called “the highest court in the land,” is made up of nine special judges called justices. These justices were all men until 1981, when the first woman, Sandra Day O’Connor, joined the court. (She was a Girl Scout too!) Today the court is a mixture of men and women. Justices are appointed, not elected, and they serve lifelong terms. That means they generally stay on the court until they pass away or retire, but the Constitution gives Congress the power to impeach—or try to remove—justices for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Go online and research important Supreme Court rulings. Choose one and find out everything you can about it. What was the process to get the case to the Supreme Court? What was the decision about the case by the Supreme Court? How close was the vote? Do you agree with the result?
Share your thoughts with family or friends.
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