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Voters and Judges

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When trial judges preside over lawsuits and criminal trials, they make many legal rulings: Should this evidence be admitted? Should this objection be sustained? What law applies to this case? Is the law constitutional? If a party appeals, appellate court judges review these rulings. All judges-trial and appellate-are supposed to be fair and impartial. When judges interpret and apply the law, they must base their decisions on statutes, Constitutional law, and prior court cases.
They must never be swayed by politics or popular opinion. This is what separates courtrooms from lynch mobs. This is what is meant by the rule of law. Our democracy depends on an independent judiciary. Less

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    Grade: 7 to 12

    Topics: American Democracy, Civics, History-Social Science

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