The President's Judicial Powers

...by Michelle Fusco, Bianca D'Angelo, Alexa Farrell, and Divan Jekels
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Being president comes with a lot of responsibility and with that responsibility comes rules and power. There are certain powers they have in each branch of government the President needs to attend to. The president is part of the Executive Branch, but he has to deal with judicial issues. On top of all President Obama's other work he has to: appoint federal court judges, pardon people convicted of federal crimes, and reduce a person's jail sentence or fine.
In the judicial branch, the president chooses Supreme Court Justices and other federal judges. Once he choose the justices and judges, the Senate must approve his appointments.
In the judicial branch, the president chooses Supreme Court Justices and other federal judges. Once he choose the justices and judges, the Senate must approve his appointments.
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Judicial Branch in White House



One of the most important jobs of the president is appointing the judges in the federal court system, which must be approved by the senate making sure the president doesn't have to much power of the judicial branch. His selection in judges also influences all courts around the United States in appeal courts.


A president has the power to pardon and/or reduce the sentence of anyone in the U.S. A very famous pardon was made by President Gerald Ford. He pardoned Richard Nixon, the previous president, for crimes he may have committed during his term. Who ever a president pardons may hurt his reelection if its unreasonable. Or like Clinton the president could wait till the last day and pardon 140 people.