Thursday, February 18, 2016

Supreme Court: What Happens In Case Of A Tie?

The Supreme Court is about to get tied up in knots.
Without the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the bench, the court will muddle through the remainder of its 2015 term — and possibly into the 2016 term starting in October — with eight justices.
Four were appointed by Republican presidents, four by Democratic presidents. And they usually vote that way on divided cases. That raises the specter of frequent 4-4 ties.
What happens then? The high court's ruling is rendered almost meaningless; it leaves the most recent decision intact, usually from a federal appeals court or a top state court. There is no new, national precedent created by the nation's highest court
That could be the case on some of the court's most important cases this term: Texas' restrictions on abortion clinics could remain intact, as could the same appeals court's decision striking down President Obama's immigration plan. Conversely, a voting rights case from Texas and a public employees union case from California could break the way liberals want.
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Here's how Scalia's death affects Supreme Court rulings this year

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