The United States Constitution defines the laws of the land as the Constitution itself and those laws or legal documents that are constitutionally passed through legislature. The role of upholding these laws and interpreting them in cases are assigned to the judicial branch. Our judicial system is to be one that follows common law, so ultimately laws do come from courts. Although the Supreme Court essentially has final say, the Constitution does not grant it the power of forming laws by a majority vote out of nine justices. These laws formed by court decisions should be based on the text of the Constitution and legislative laws and in times of ambiguity original intent of these legal texts should be used. The impact of these decisions has on society should not be from a new law formed but should be from having more clarity on application of the Constitution to laws.
Although there is much debate as to what should govern justices of the Supreme Court in their decisions, we cannot ignore that the Constitution clearly defines that it is the role of the justices to interpret the law and only... [continues]
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