Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Do Amicus Briefs Influence the Supreme Court?

One study answers yes, in some circumstances:

We argue that the justices will incorporate language from amicus briefs into their opinions based on the extent to which the amicus briefs contribute to their ability to make effective law and policy. Using plagiarism detection software and other forms of computer assisted content analysis, we find that the justices adopt language from amicus briefs based primarily on the quality of the brief's argument, the level of repetition in the brief, the ideological position advocated in the brief, and the identity of the amicus. These results add fresh insight into how interest groups influence the development of federal law by the Supreme Court.

Paul M. Collins, Jr., Pamela C. Corley, Jesse Hammer, The Influence of Amicus Curiae Briefs on U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Content 49 Law & Society Review 917 (2015).

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