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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.” http://www.supremecourtus.gov/about/about.html Published by Supreme Court Historical Society. Updated 2011.