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Supreme Court. The Court heard full arguments in the case, but before it could meet in conference to arrive at a decision, Congress, under the control of the Radical Republicans, passed legislation that repealed the statute of 1867 authorizing the Court to hear appeals in such cases. The repeal, reenacted by the necessary constitutional majorities in both Houses of Congress over President Andrew Johnson’s veto, was typical of the efforts of the Radicals to check 23 24 CHAPTER 1 JUDICIAL POWER the efforts of both the judicial and the executive branches to mitigate the harshness of post–Civil War reconstruction policy in the South.

The Court conducts full-dress review in about 75 of these annually—that is, it hears oral argument and then decides each by signed opinion. Even adding to this figure the small number of cases it decides summarily (meaning the Court does not hear oral argument, decides each solely on the basis of the briefs submitted, and only announces its judgment), it can be said that certiorari is granted to less than 2% of the cases on the Court’s docket. But this general measure is deceptive, although it certainly suggests that even getting the Court’s attention is a major achievement.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISCR) operate in secret; the dockets, hearings, and decisions of those courts are not open to the public, and declassified opinions have been released on only two occasions. Ct. Ct. 2002). The FISC is comprised of 11 federal district judges, selected by the Chief Justice from seven circuits, who individually hear and rule upon applications for electronic surveillance by the FBI. If the government is dissatisfied with a decision, it may appeal to the FISCR, a three-judge body whose members are selected by the Chief Justice from among federal appeals and district judges, one of whom is designated to preside.

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