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Public debate over current legislation continues, but the role of the Supreme Court is clearly defined.  The Constitution is “carefully balanced” to maintain a strong national government while protecting the rights and freedoms of individual citizens.  According to the Supreme Court, they have the authority to “invalidate legislation or executive actions which […] conflict with the Constitution.  This power of ‘judicial review’ has given the Court a crucial responsibility in assuring individual rights, as well as maintaining a ‘living Constitution’ whose broad provisions are continually applied to new situations.”


The nine members of the Supreme Court are: Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kegan, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas.


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Supreme Court of the United States. 2006.  “The Court and Constitutional Interpretation.”  Published by Supreme Court Historical Society.  Updated 2011.