Justice Speaks, but Who’s Listening? Mass Public Awareness of US Supreme Court Cases

  title={Justice Speaks, but Who’s Listening? Mass Public Awareness of US Supreme Court Cases},
  author={Matthew P. Hitt and Kyle L. Saunders and Kevin Michael Scott},
  journal={Journal of Law and Courts},
  pages={29 - 52}
We seek to measure the impact of decisions issued by the US Supreme Court on public awareness of its cases. We use a quasi-experimental design with the Court decisions as the stimulus of hypothesized public awareness change. We find that public awareness of cases varies according to individual differences: more educated, knowledgeable, and informationally motivated citizens are more likely to report awareness. Further, decision announcements increase awareness more generally, especially in… 
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