The Supreme Court & American Politics | University of Baltimore on edX

The Supreme Court & American Politics | University of Baltimore on edX

August 19, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


SPEAKER 1: Since the founding of
our nation in the summer of 1787, the Supreme Court has been immersed
in the American political system, despite the founders’ original intention
that this institution stand apart from political influences. The University of Baltimore
School of Law and Lyle Denniston, the Dean Emeritus of the Supreme
Court Press Corps for almost 60 years, are proud to present “The Supreme
Court and American Politics.” This course will focus on the
evolution of the Supreme Court, as well as the politics
that have surrounded, and at times, driven its decisions. LYLE DENNISTON: The
Supreme Court was given a place in the basement of the
Capitol underneath the Senate. So– SPEAKER 1: Over the
course’s eight weeks, Mr. Denniston will be joined by some
of the nation’s most distinguished law professors. Their backgrounds in politics,
journalism, and civil rights litigation provide unique perspectives on
the court’s history, procedures, and influences. SPEAKER 2: Which branch of government
should be determining the rules? SPEAKER 3: They believe that
decisions will be different if their people are on the court. LYLE DENNISTON: This
would be a body that was not so dependent upon
popularity with the people. SPEAKER 4: Depends on which
founding father you’re asking. [LAUGHING] SPEAKER 2: You know, the Supreme
Court, in its inner-workings, is of one of the least transparent
organizations maybe in the world. LYLE DENNISTON: The people who work
inside this building, the justices themselves, are not gods. They are quite ordinary human
beings with pretty special talents. SPEAKER 1: All are invited to join
Lyle Denniston and the University of Baltimore School of Law on a
journey to answer the question, is the Supreme Court a
political institution or is it truly independent from
the gravity of American politics? LYLE DENNISTON: I’m Lyle
Denniston, and I’m here to bring you “The Supreme
Court and American Politics.”