Friday, May 6, 2016

Supreme Court, without Scalia, Leaning Liberal for Second Year

When the Supreme Court completed its last term in June by upholding same-sex marriage and Obamacare, conservatives predicted this year would provide an about-face from a surprising string of liberal victories.
It hasn't turned out that way. The death in February of Justice Antonin Scalia, combined with the same factors that gave liberal justices an advantage last year, has led to a continuation of the trend. That has left conservatives even more determined to block President Obama from replacing Scalia.
Justice Scalia is greatly missed
From voting rights and the power of labor unions to class action lawsuits against corporations and the rights of criminal defendants, the court's four liberal justices have been on the winning side of every major decision so far this term. Oral arguments were completed on Wednesday, and 33 of 69 cases have been decided.
For a court that has leaned conservative for decades, the question is whether the two-year trend indicates a fundamental change or a legal version of a stock market correction. Until a ninth justice is named, the answer will remain elusive.
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