Making Law in the United States Courts of Appeals

Making Law in the United States Courts of Appeals

Making Law in the United States Courts of Appeals

Making Law in the United States Courts of Appeals

Synopsis

This book asks how federal court judges decide cases when faced with unsettled issues of law. Specifically, how much and why are their decisions influenced by higher court judges or other judges at the same level as themselves? To answer these questions, the author relies on statistical analyses of decisions and interviews with court of appeals judges. The key findings are that judges give serious attention to the work of colleagues of equal authority, but demonstrate substantial independence from the Supreme Court.
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