When the Supreme Court of the United States makes a decision, how do they get people to obey it?

When the Supreme Court of the United States makes a decision, how do they get people to obey it?

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  • JB
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    1 decade ago
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    They rely on the executive branch and lower courts. When they act outside of public approval, often little happens. For instance, in Brown v. Board of Education, the Court ordered desegregation "with all deliberate speed." It took over 10 years for meaningful action to take place. Or, consider abortion-legal under Roe v. Wade, but due to state opposition, some states like Alabama and South Dakota have virtually no abortions.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The decision either upholds or overturns a law. When a law is overturned, it is no longer enforced.

    Example:

    Say the Supreme Court overturns a ban on same-sex marrage. This ban is no longer a law, so it is no longer enforced. This means that the government will no longer stop people of the same sex from marrying after the Court's decision has gone into effect. The police are responsible for making sure that the people obey the Court's decision, as the decision is law.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Technically, they can't. Supreme Court rulings are OPINION. Unfortunately, Americans have lost sight of the fact, the Supreme Court of the U.S, and state Supreme Courts, cannot legislate (make laws, declare what is legal, what isn't) from the bench. And have no enforcement capability on their own.

    The Executive and legislative branches of government have enforcement capabilities, military, FBI, state and federal police, County Sheriffs offices, municipal police departments, to enforce law. The Supreme Court has none, other than if and when the legislative and executive branches voluntarily allow the Courts to use. Which unfortunately today, happens far to often without challenge.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    we have these buildings called prisons; and we have these people called cops...

    but they;re just for show...the real terror is those people they call lawyers.

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