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right Well let's say we were convicted of a crime

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We appealed the verdict but they still found us guilty

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We shouldn't lose hope We can take our case all

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the way to the top of the judicial circus That's

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right The supreme court Well the vast majority of cases

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heard by the supreme court show up on their judicial

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doorstep on appeal from a lower appellate court Usually the

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loser weight We're not losers Just um a little unlucky

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request a rid of truth Ferrari which is a fancy

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latin term for when the supreme court board is a

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lower court to deliver all the records of a particular

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case But how do we get the court to grant

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cert so two fancy lawyer speak well it's not easy

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In recent years the justices have agreed to grant cert

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for only seventy to one hundred cases a year That's

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about one percent of all the appeal request they here

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which means it's easier to get into stanford business school

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and find our way on the supreme court Now most

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the time the court rejects a case because they agree

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with the lower court's decision Or they feel like the

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case isn't significant enough to merit their time and attention

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like about some supreme snobs but let's say our case

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by some miracle is significant enough Maybe the lower courts

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need direction or there's some kind of constitutional precedent that

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needs to be set They might even feel like the

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lower court made an error in well judgment Yeah so

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how many justices have to agree to hear a case

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for the court to grant cert Well it doesn't have

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to be unanimous so we can eliminate it It also

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surprisingly doesn't have to be a majority of the justices

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so we can eliminate see india's well the rule of

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three sounds good but that's more about comedy or bad

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luck not the supreme court rule of four though that

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refers to how many justices must agree to hear a

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case is right So be is that correct answer It

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might be incredibly tough to get a case to the

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court but if we manage to find ourselves in front

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of the big nine at least we know that we've 00:02:16.528 --> [endTime] made a supreme impression