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How a case gets to the US Supreme Court

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The only way is by surviving "the rule of four". Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Most often, the US Supreme Court grants or denies petitions to hear a case after reviewing a written request called a "petition for writ of certiorari". Also called "the writ of cert", it is reviewed by the Justices and granting the petition depends on whether or not it passes "the rule of four". If it does, the case is probably one of three types: a case of national importance, a case in which a lower court decision has invalidated federal law, or a case involving a split decision in lower courts. Famously, Bush v. Gore was an example of national importance, Gonzales v. Raich was a case in which a lower court invalidated federal law, and Obergefell v. Hodges was selected by the Court in order to resolve a circuit split decision. By following this protocol of case selection, the Court has been designed to be reactive to legislative decisions made in other branches of government, as opposed to an active legislative body that seeks to create and institute new laws. Overall, the result of this design is a Court that prioritizes case selections that will enable them to enforce the uniformity of federal law throughout the country. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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Text Comments (551)
Benny D Martinez (2 days ago)
so its a waste and needs shut down fed government waste so much money.
Brian Cameron (12 days ago)
🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 I other words, it takes 4 Justices to get a hearing and 5 to get a ruling in any particular matter.
Malacki 655 (13 days ago)
Sorry,I prefer the Off-White court.
Eileen (16 days ago)
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Santosh Das (28 days ago)
Sansani. Digboi. Santosh
blackmail boi (1 month ago)
me: *travels to california* *gets out medical marijuana snucked through airport* *gets high af*
Aydee Nguyen (1 month ago)
Why aren't the justices wearing Supreme bogos?
Elias Shammas (1 month ago)
cool fact, jamal greene is talib kweli's brother.
RightWingKing (1 month ago)
Can't wait until Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves and Amy Barrett takes her seat! 😂
DMC1 (1 month ago)
A 1% acceptance rate?
Aleksandar Vučić (1 month ago)
Anyone here after Kavanaugh nomination ?
RightWingKing (1 month ago)
Yep! And I'm sooo happy! 😊
Chris Medina (1 month ago)
Well there's state level supreme courts you clown shoe. Then there's SCOTUS
TehConqueror (1 month ago)
"how a rapist gets to the supreme court"
RightWingKing (1 month ago)
I can't believe that people actually believe that bullshit allegation. You leftist have weaponized the me too movement and it's atrocious.
Sad Pepe (1 month ago)
TehConqueror weeb
Smam Main (1 month ago)
pyramidshot ohb (1 month ago)
Who wants to take me to the supreme Court i want to look around à
R E N (1 month ago)
Where is that fukin book? By book I mean new book of laws that we should prolly start writing today
Josh Leonard (1 month ago)
Illuminated people kept in power for there hole life's hmmmm don't try tell me it's all corruption layers upon layers of corruption if you have money you have power!!!
Steel Wool (1 month ago)
In my house it’s: Dad -> Mom
Alejandro Perales (1 month ago)
Shut it down now it's that simple our burn.🤔🙏😇😘
Shanika Patterson (2 months ago)
Seriously the one person didn’t even know what he was talking about
Andres Rodriguez (2 months ago)
BREAKING NEWS Supreme Court votes against local dumbass lady (obviously) on her speeding ticket and now has to pay much more than what the ticket was
Cindy Herron (2 months ago)
terry waller (2 months ago)
There are really 4 levels, at the appealete level there are two levels, the first is a 3 judge panel, the losing party then can ask the case to be heard Enbloc where the whole district judges hear the case.
Developer 004 (3 months ago)
No competence: The Supreme Court is in Disreputé. Full stop.
TheMysteriousJosh (3 months ago)
The Supreme Court is right wing and corrupt now
Vasting (3 months ago)
Yea and if it was left wing it wouldn't be corrupt? kys.
Ryan Friedman (3 months ago)
You complain about a decision from the Florida state court.
Mike (4 months ago)
Ofc a Vox journalist can't pronounce a 4 syllable word lol xD
TheCrap (4 months ago)
I knew Supreme made shirts and stuff. Didn't know they had a court
Winston Huang (4 months ago)
1:20 didn't know Denzel Washington taught at Columbia Law School
So Planes (4 months ago)
Now that there's gonna be 6 conservative justices and only 3 progressives, it's less like supreme and more like S U P R E M A C I S T court.
Aharon Lawrence (3 months ago)
What do you mean by a "supremacist court"?
Alejandro Perales (4 months ago)
I am only one in this Country that can override US Supreme Court I am God creation humankind human nature laws cause effect balance Universe elements. Master Three beat all and will challenge anybody body on truth if you have the balls bring it. yes our no?
Jet Fighter (5 months ago)
The judges at the Supreme Court are balling out 😂🤣🤣
Isaiah40:22 (5 months ago)
I can't believe we'll no longer be able to round up misinformed liberals to vote on election day. Everyone knows minorities can't read and liberals only watch fake news. And it's those raciest conservatives who give a forwarding address when they move and register to vote just so they can be called for jury duty. And I'm appalled that anyone would think giving thought to voting 5-7 weeks in advance is necessary or that valid identification is required. It won't be long before they start wanting people to have a job to vote for who will spend the tax dollars of the employed.
Isaiah40:22 (4 months ago)
Ron, it's a scientific fact that you can't have a pressurized atmosphere next to a vacuum without a solid, physical barrier between them. So fake news would be reporting any leaving of this planet, through this scientifically necessary solid, physical barrier. Now if you want to believe that it's possible for a tin can to smash through a solid, physical barrier, that's part of your religion, not science or reality but fake news.
The Goddamn Batman (4 months ago)
The end time. The end time will happen for life on Earth in about 3.25 billion years. I know who I'd believe with one easy thing to remember. A scientist will read dozens of books in his lifetime but still believes he has a lot more to learn. A religious person barely reads one book and think they know it all. BTW, you've completely gotten off topic of being a hollow person. Nothing you've said backs up that you're not. A hollow person, using hollow words like fake news. Quit shoving your bullshit religion down my throat, zealot.
Isaiah40:22 (4 months ago)
Ron, the Bible predicts that in the end time, many will walk away from the faith. God's not interested in quantity as much as the quality of the spirits he is saving. Not only does he say you can't come to him unless he calls you, but that you can't even say that Jesus is the Christ and has risen from the dead and mean it. If you think it's logical to think that a primate can turn into a human with zero evidence, I feel for you. And if you think because of a theory and Hollywood cgi and green screens your spinning in a circle, again you're as God says, willfully ignorant of the facts, which is stupid on purpose. And apparently God doesn't want willfully ignorant people in his eternal kingdom, because he doesn't want it infected with educated/indoctrinated idiots. Hey, if you survive God's wrath at Jesus' return, did you know that the Christians will rule and reign with Christ on Earth for a 1,000 years? You might piss on my grave now, but come the millennial kingdom, I'll ask God for you to be under my thumb for those 1,000 years, so we'll see who has the last laugh. I'll have you cleaning out and maybe even living in a communal prison bathroom, with no soap.
Thomas Washington III (6 months ago)
Mr. Washington - here: LEGAL MINDS, if during legal proceedings, a defendant spoke untruths, is that person pecuniary liable for falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth?
Maximus Abrahan (6 months ago)
Jay Spencer (6 months ago)
Very, VERY well done video. Great content and great explanations.
Sadeth Cheng (6 months ago)
So much bureaucracy
Robin Ellison (7 months ago)
President of Zionist Organization of America was Louise Brandeis (jewish). Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Jestekin E (7 months ago)
Penni Williams -Elliott (7 months ago)
case yes.
Ivan (7 months ago)
Suprem court
16 likes (7 months ago)
When you know the show and the episode, and you're really 60😄😂😁
Joe_H111 (8 months ago)
With this thumbnail I clicked on it thinking it was a meme compilation and I'm sorely disappointed
DeanTo TheRescue (8 months ago)
"It’s long past time that the judiciary starts looking a lot more like the America it represents." - Jew Schumer. "Given the over-representation of Jews in the Senate, and since Chuck Schumer is Jewish, I urge him to resign in the interest of making the Senate “look a lot more like the America it represents”. states the author of this article: https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/tag/marvin-quattlebaum/
Tommy Johson (8 months ago)
Nenad IC XC Shuput (8 months ago)
Wow, we are way past due for a flud.
Iriha Schoo (9 months ago)
How things go to SCOTUS when a Republican is President: President makes lawful executive decision. Lower liberal, activist, Federal District Judge blocks Presidents order. It goes to SCOTUS and is overturned because the liberal District Judge is usually wrong. Time, money and emotional energy wasted because of an activist, petulant judge. Thats the true story, Good night dear....
scratch muh scrotus
Paul (9 months ago)
Omg, this video was my whole class Law 1101 about Federal Law ... interesting
PALM TREE (9 months ago)
So technically the supreme court could violate your constitutional right to a fair trial. They can refuse to ensure you a fair trial if the judgement of the lower court was blatantly biased? That show the system of justice is broken.
Ike Okereke (8 months ago)
François Bélanger Boisclair You should watch the video again.
Jackson (10 months ago)
I got arrested for vaping in someone's face I'll take it to the supreme court.
Controller Rex (10 months ago)
I feel like the basketball court that was built in their was a joke but it went to far
200 iq rick and morty fan (11 months ago)
Imagine the clout the supreme court has
Mitch Clark (11 months ago)
Who made the background music? It sounds a bit like C418 (Minecraft soundtrack)
Mr. J_Krr_ (11 months ago)
They are the justices, they are batm... I think they has the suit they totally need the mask.
Lauren Sun (11 months ago)
my high school is named after that guy 1:49
Paul Robinson (1 year ago)
The statement that nobody is entitled to be heard before the Supreme Court is not correct. When one state sues another - like Arizona suing California over who gets how much water out of the Colorado River - those cases have to be tried at the Supreme Court.
Elizabeth Taylor (1 year ago)
1 year lock up for any crime beside white collar and murder would sponsor reputnance behavior. 2 years any white collar would sponsor reputnance behavior. 3 years murder would sponsor reputnance behavior. reputnance means doesn't reoccur. where were you in 2014
Lord Progress (1 year ago)
Lord Progress (1 year ago)
This is bullshit a writ is not a request
D Storm (1 year ago)
A judge is a lawyer who knows a politician.    The Supreme Court consists of politicians wearing robes.
B T (1 year ago)
JUDGE FRANK CAPRIO needs to be a part of supreme court !
Crazy Horse (1 year ago)
Thanks for no trigger warning! Being reminded of Bush v. Gore has gotten me all into a mess right now.
Alex Corncob (1 year ago)
I want to be a part of the SCOTUS. I know it's a long shot but hey it may happen
James Royce-Dawson (1 year ago)
If I wanted to appeal a ruling by the Supreme Court, could I take it to the basketball court above them? Settle it for real
Dorothy Ward (1 year ago)
john paul stevens is my relative!
It's Not Me (1 year ago)
Dont force me to appeal to the supreme basketball court!
Tammy Huennerkopf (1 year ago)
Shared these old people who won't ever retire. Thanks for all the jargon they have made for the people ; not to understand. Thanks for helping others to understand....
Josh Mo (1 year ago)
Ginsberg is such a boss. Npr did a really good story on her.
rick sanchez (1 year ago)
The Supreme Court shouldn't have its justice nominated by the president. The justices should be hand picked by a council where the president or the congress would approve of its concurrence.
Ricky Wildcats (1 year ago)
i cant tell if the thing about the basketball court is a joke
Michelle Pauling (1 year ago)
wait wait you're going to tell me about the supreme court basketball court and not explain further??
kwame thorne (1 year ago)
for guyana its Magistrates Court -> High of the Supreme Court of Judicature -> Court of Appeals -> Caribbean Court of Justice (thats like an EU Court)
Jeremy kyles (1 year ago)
in Malaysia, in some town we have village court almost like a town gathering. but in this court the losing side pay with animals. like cows, goats chickens .yeah it exist Google it
kingcarcas1349 (1 year ago)
Woulda been helpful a few months ago before I looked it up after the travel ban.......
Taylor Fisher (1 year ago)
how is it that I learn more from vox than college
foxfact (1 year ago)
Vox forgot to mention and imo should have mentioned that the federal SCOTUS can review state supreme court decisions too when there is a genuine constitutional question like whether the death penalty violates the 8th amendment, etc
ionceateapinecone (1 year ago)
damn you america, why does scotus look like scrotus? find a new abbreviation so I can stop giggling like an idiot any time I look at the news
the.abhiram.r (1 year ago)
Has anyone actually played on the basketball court?
Messofanego (1 year ago)
Have the Harlem Globetrotters ever played at the Supreme Court?
kebede zewdie (4 months ago)
Maybe they played in the basketball court above the supreme court
Sri Narayan (1 year ago)
Fun fact. Prof. Jamal Greene is the brother of legendary rapper Talib Kweli, of "Black Star" fame.
Ranger (1 year ago)
You forgot that all interstate disputes are settled in SCOTUS.
Dana (1 year ago)
Very informative video
mythirdchannel (1 year ago)
"justice" is such a cool title to have
koscheis (1 year ago)
hey y'all. if y'all would like to hear more about the supreme court, radiolab actually did a wonderful (if short) spin-off series about it called "more perfect." it's a podcast series, so hopefully commuters would get more out of it too. also since it's produced by radiolab, i can guarantee that despite being a podcast about the supreme court, it'll be interesting. listen to it here (my fave ep is "the political thicket"): http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolabmoreperfect
TitanDH (1 year ago)
Graeme Edgeler (1 year ago)
Damnit Vox, you sucked me in. This was all basic civics. I wanted a simple explanation of how and when all sorts of cases. You explained that there are Federal District Courts, Circuit Courts and then SCOTUS, but some of the cases you used do not follow this rule. eg Bush v Gore was an appeal from a Florida Supreme Court decision. How does that work? Is that how it works for every state? I think I saw a decision recently that was on appeal from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, how do you from there to the Supreme Court, etc.
afh7689 (1 year ago)
This video completely left out the jurisdiction of SCOTUS over state courts. Appeals from state courts can be made from the highest court where the case could be heard, which is usually, but not always, the state supreme court. In Florida, a decision from a circuit court can be appealed to a district court of appeal (DCA). If the DCA affirms the decision without an opinion expressly analysing the merits of the case, the decision cannot be appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, so in this situation, the decision of the DCA can be appealed to SCOTUS. For SCOTUS to hear an appeal from a state court, the issues being appealed must arise under the US Constitution or federal law, eg. Bush v. Gore arose under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The reasons for SCOTUS to decided whether to hear the case is usually when there are different interpretations made in different states.
Philip Dawson (1 year ago)
At first glance I thought Professor Greene had literally 200 million Windows 7 updates going through, but it was just a funky Group Policy
Daniel Corregan (1 year ago)
iliovecaRS (1 year ago)
Hypebeast court
Malik Yussuf (1 year ago)
Y'all should do a video on March Madness, and how these teams are run like business and the players are essentially unpaid employees.
Trash kills (1 year ago)
Gonna take it to the basketball court.
Arno Theadorno (1 year ago)
Congratulations! If you managed to sit through all five minutes of this video, you have a deeper understanding of the US justice system than the president. Give yourself a pat on the head.
trey murbach (1 year ago)
when you learned all of this in your 8th grade social studies class
Jeremy Morain (1 year ago)
Why is Scalia there? He's been dead more than a year.
nonchalantd (1 year ago)
Why are fewer cases being decided by the S. Court?
B Sinita (1 year ago)
thank u vox again 😁✌💕
Kenneth Uyabeme (1 year ago)
Love these sort of videos. TEDed does some great ones too, though anyone know a channel that does something like this but about Canada?
Waterlooplein1 (1 year ago)
It's just possible that fewer cases are brought to the Supreme Court than in years past.

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