A Brief Overview of the Supreme Court

He also served on the US Court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On 19 July 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Roberts to replace the retired Sandra Day O’Connor. Roberts was officially sworn for the position of Supreme Court Chief Justice during 29 September 2005 (“John G. Roberts, Jr”). The other eight Supreme Court Justices includes, first, John Paul Stevens who is regarded as the most senior associate justice. He served the Supreme Court in 1975 and considered as oldest and longest member. Stevens was appointed by President Gerald Ford (“John Paul Stevens”).

Second, Antonin Gregory Scalia is next to Steven in terms of seniority. He was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan. He is regarded as one of the core members of the conservative wing of the Supreme Court. Third, Anthony McLeod Kennedy has been an associate justice since 1988. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan. He has an important position in the Supreme Court because he acts as the swing vote on some social issue cases. Fourth, David Hackett Souter started his services as a Supreme Court justice in 1990.

He was the one who took over the vacant seat left by William J. Brennan. He was appointed to the position by President George H. W. Bush. Brennan ranks fourth in terms of seniority. He also usually sided with the liberal wing in terms of voting for important cases (Fox). The fifth associate justice of the Supreme Court is Clarence Thomas. He is an American jurist who is a member of the Supreme Court since 1991. Thomas is the second African American who is given an opportunity to be jurist in the highest court of the country.

He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush. He is seen as the leading conservative among the justices because his approach in cases has exactly phrased the constitution. Sixth, Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg became an associate justice in 1993 through the appointment of President Bill Clinton. She is the second woman to serve the Supreme Court as well as the first Jewish woman that became an associate justice. Seventh, Stephen Gerald Breyer is an American attorney and jurist that became an associate justice since 1994. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton.

Breyer is known as a member of the liberal side of the Supreme Court. Lastly, Samuel Alito Jr. is an associate justice of the Supreme Court who was appointed by President George W. Bush. He usually votes with the conservative wing of the court but he still manages to have libertarian perspective (Fox).

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