A few years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Affordable Care Act passed by the U.S. Congress. They also held that broadcast channels should not be fined for fleeting expletives on television programs and have ruled on the matter of barriers placed to restrict protesters to certain areas. Recently, they upheld the constitutionality of same-sex marriages, upheld the executive order on travel bans, reversed the finding that the US Trademark Office can deny trademarks as "immoral" or "scandalous" saying it violates freedom of speech rights and struck down a Texas lawsuit challenging the voting process of other states during the 2020 Presidential Election. They have also denied hearing the case brought forth by the students from the University of Indiana in regards to the University’s vaccine mandate and recognized a high school student’s right to constitutional protected speech via Snapchat.
In reading the Sources of Law PowerPoint, the required resources, and from your understanding of the U.S. government system,
(1) do you agree with the statement that the US Supreme Court is an objective, unbiased government body that interprets laws and the constitution without any political influence? and (
2) does the court serves as a true check of power by the legislative and executive branches of government?
Consider the appointments of US Supreme Court justices in the last ten years when answering the questions, specifically consider whether U.S. presidential elections have a significant impact on the future of the US Supreme Court? (Consider this in light of Justice Ginsberg’s passing and with the recent US Supreme Court justice appointments).
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