The high court is not nor should it be accountable to the court of public opinion supreme court justices and other federal judges appointed under article iii of the constitution enjoy life . Building on evidence from interviews with supreme court justices and former law clerks i develop a formal model of judicial congressional relations that incorporates judicial preferences for institutional legitimacy and the role of public opinion in congressional hostility towards the supreme court. With each controversial case they hear questions arise about the influence of public opinion on the supreme court matthew hall examines the types of cases where the supreme court appears constrained and finds when a ruling must be implemented by government actors outside the judicial hierarchy external pressures exert a stronger influence on the court. The impact of public opinion is greatest among moderate justices who are likely to hold critical swing positions on the court respect for and attention to public opinion is easily visible in both . Public opinion on the supreme court as on many issues is divided along partisan lines no one knows at this point how the hearings on kavanaughs nomination will unfold nor is it completely
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