POS1041 Exam 4

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Alexander Hamilton set many of the precedents that govern the federal bureaucracy today.

Who among Washington's political supporters was the "detail man"?

Specialization
Centralization
Formal Rules
Standardization
Expertise
Accountability

What are the characteristics of a bureaucrat?

The Defense Department is the largest in terms of number of employees

The Department of Health and Human Services is the largest measured by budget

Which government department is the largest in terms of employees and budget?

The Department of Health and Human Services is the largest measured by budget

Which government department has the largest budget?

Spoils system - a system of public employment based on rewarding party loyalists and friends. Seen as corrupt. Expanded under Andrew Jackson as a way to fill senior jobs as a form of political favoritism.

Merit Systems - An independent agency that oversees and protects merit in the federal government personnel system.

How does the spoils system differ from the merit system?

The presidential party in place benefits from the spoils system, not the people.

Who benefits from the spoils system and who benefits from the merit system?

Administers civil service laws, rule and regulations

What is the purpose of the Office of Personnel Management?

Charged with protecting the integrity of the federal merit system and the rights of federal employees.

What is the purpose of the Merit Systems Protection Board?

a precise statement of how a law is implemented. All theses rules trace back to legislation, they provide the details that laws leave out.

What is the purpose of a bureaucratic rule?

Rules enforce the law. They must be published in the federal register.

What is the difference between a law and a rule?

Administrative discretion is the authority given by Congress to the federal bureaucracy to use reasonable judgment in implementing the laws.

What authority is given to government agencies to implement legislation?

Uncontrollable spending which is required by previous laws. The bulk of uncontrollable spending goes to entitlement programs.

What fixed costs are included in the Federal budget?

Social Security, college loans, help for victims of natural disasters, Medicare, welfare, unemployment, disability

What are the different types of entitlement programs?

Judicial review is the power of a court to refuse to enforce a law or gov't regulation that in the opinion of the judges, conflicts with the US Constitution or in a state court the state constitution

only a constituional amendment can modify the courts' decisions

What powers to the US courts have to interpret the Constitution?

justiciable disputes - a dispute growing out of an actual case or controversy that is capable of settlement by legal methods

Case and controversies that are current and immediate

What disputes are judged in Federal courts?

a judicial system in which the court of law is a neutral arena where two parties ague their differences

based on the theory that arguing over law and evidence guarantees fairness.

adversary system imposes restraints on judicial power

How does the adversary system work?

Criminal - crimes against the public order

Civil - laws that govern relationships between individuals

What is the difference between criminal law and civil law?

defendant - the person or party accused of an offense

plaintiff - party instigating a civil lawsuit

What is the difference between a defendant and a plaintiff?

civil lawsuits

What type of lawsuit involves a plaintiff?

an agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant that the defendant will plead guilty to a lesser offense to avoid having to stand trial for a more serious offense and a lengthier sentence

How does plea bargaining work?

hears appeals from the decisions of lower courts

a precedent is a decision made by a higher court such as a circuit court of appeals or the Supreme Court

What is decided by courts of appeal?

the authority of a court to hear a case "in the first instance"

the authority to hear a case essentially as a trial court would, only in cases involving ambassadors, other public ministers, and other diplomats

cases in which state or states are a party

What is decided by courts of original jurisdiction?

an arrangement whereby public officials are hired to provide legal assistance to people accused of crimes who are unable to ire their own attorneys

the federal judiciary provides help to defendants in criminal trials - the system is supervised by the federal judiciary to ensure that public defenders are qualified for their jobs

What is the purpose of the public defender system?

a court order requiring explanation to a judge why a prisoner is being held in custody

federal courts have the have the power to release persons from custody if a judge determines they are not being detained constitutionally

Except habeas corpus, the Supreme Court is the only court that may review state court decision

What does a writ of Habeas Corpus do?

Fewer than 1% of the district courts decision are appealed to the Supreme Court

Court of last resort

Brought by the Circuit court of appeal

Chooses to review cases as they come up from the state courts, courts of appeals, and district courts

Very few are actually heard and thousands are disposed of

How are appeals brought to the Supreme Court?

Amicus curiae - means friend of the court - a brief filed by an individual or organization to present arguments in addition to those presented by the immediate parties to the case

What kinds of briefs are considered by the Supreme Court:

Meeting in conference with the chief justice presiding

Each justice, in order of seniority, gives their conclusions and then the majority opinion is assigned

Published in the official United States Supreme Court Reports. Since April 2000, it has been made opinions available immediately on www.supremecourtus.gov

How are judicial opinions arrived at?

Lower courts are bound by stare decisis

stare decisis is less controlling in the field of constitutional law

Which Federal courts are bound by stare decisis?

constitutionally protected freedoms of all persons against governmental restraint

freedoms of conscience

freedom of religiion

freedom of expression

What are examples of civil liberties?

for the first time, the us constitution was interpreted to protect freedom of speech from abridgment by state and local governments. Changed the balance of federalism in the US. State actions that deprived citizens of fundamental liberties could now be challenged as a constitutional violation.

It made the federal courts the most important protectors of our liberteis - not the individual stats.

What judicial impact did Gitlow v. New York have?

freedom of religion

freedom of speech - except libel, obscenity, fighting words, or commercial speech

What absolute rights do Americans have?

Written defamation of another person

Libel and slander both qualify as defamation, but the major difference between them is the form that a specific case of defamation has taken. Libel refers to defamatory statements that have been made in a durable, fixed medium; published words or pictures, public signage and even some types of electronic communication can qualify as libel. Slander refers to defamatory statements that are made in more transitory or less durable forms, and is most often used to define defamatory statements that have been spoken aloud.

What is the difference between libel and slander?

words that by their very nature inflict injury on those whom they are addressed or incite them to acts of violence

What are "fighting words"?

Protected speech - right to speak freely, organize groups, question the decision of the gov't

Non-protected speech - libel, obscenity, fighting words and commercial speech

What types of free speech are most and least protected?

Right to privacy extended to a woman's right to choose abortion

What was decided in Roe v. Wade?

probable cause

What justifies a valid search warrant?

civil rights - the rights of all people to be fee from irrational discrimination such as that based on race, religion, gender, or ethnic origin

natural rights - human rights of all people to dignity and worth

What is the difference between natural rights and civil rights?

affirmative action - remedial action designed to overcome the effects of discrimination against minorities and women

nondiscrimination - restraint on the power of governments to discriminate based on race, national origin, or sex

What is the difference between nondiscrimination and affirmative action?

most of our most important right flow from sate citizenship

The only privileges of national citizenship are those that "owe their existence to the Federal Gov, It's National Character, Its constitution, or its laws

Which level of government impacts civil rights the most?

13th, 14th, and 15th amendments became part of our constitution

abolished slavery

Congress passed civil rights laws to provide social and educational services to freed slaves, supremem court struck down many of the laws

How did the Northern victory in the Civil War affect the US Constitution?

Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka
prohibited racially segregated schools

What Supreme Court case overruled Plessey v. Ferguson?

nonviolent resistance - strikes, sitins, symbolic protests

armed resistance involves being armed

What is the difference between nonviolent resistance and armed resistance?

Rosa Parks decision not to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, sparked a boycott by African Americans who, for ore than a year, refused to ride the segregated city buses

Why is Rosa Parks famous today?

Wyoming gave women the right to vote in 1869

Which state first enfranchised women?

Equal protection clause declares that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws

however, if a private individual performs a discriminatory action, that action does not violate the constitution. Only state and federal laws designed to protect private parties may be violated.

How do the restraints of equal protection compare between the government and private individuals?

Equal protection clause

Protects rights against state infringements, defines citizenship, prohibits states from interfering with privileges and immunities, requires due process and equal protection, punishes states for denying vote, and disqualifies Confederate officials and debts

What is contained in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution?

Fundamental rights - explicitly or implicitly guaranteed by the Constitution

Right to travel, to vote

Civil rights are regulated by governments

How do fundamental rights differ from civil rights?

Separate but equal

What was decided in Plessey v. Ferguson?

state laws that separated and disenfranchised blacks

formerly pervasive throughout the South requiring public facilities be segregated by race

- reinforced by Plessy v Ferguson

What were "Jim Crow" laws?

de jure segregation - segregation imposed by law

de facto segregation - segregation resulting from exonomic or social conditions or personal choicc

What is the difference between de jure and de facto segregation?

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