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Nixon v. United States


To some, the Court's decision in Nixon seemed, quite literally, judicious because it kept the Court out of an area constitutionally mandated to the Senate. Others took issue with the ruling. Rebecca L. Brown in Supreme Court Review, for instance, held that officials subjected to impeachment should have the same protection of the judicial branch given to any individual under the Constitution. Thomas D. Amrine in Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy also faulted the decision as a retreat from Baker and Powell. Those two cases had seemed to indicate a willingness on the Court's part to offer judicial review of impeachments. In Amrine's view, the present ruling suggested that in the future the Court might decline to put limits on the powers of other branches.

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