Gavel Grab

A Shorthanded Supreme Court Deadlocks 4-4

For the first time since Justice Antonin Scalia died last month, the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-to-4 in a case, leaving a lower court ruling intact. The case, according to Bloomberg,  centered on “a Missouri dispute involving discrimination under a federal equal-credit law.”

As leading Senate Republicans refuse to budge from their pledge to blockade President Obama’s nomination of federal Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland for the high court, Bloomberg noted, “Among the cases offering the prospect of an evenly divided decision are appeals over union fees, undocumented immigrants and Obamacare’s contraceptive rules.”

An Associated Press article looked back at the fact that some Senate Republicans voted favorably in 1997 when Garland was nominated for the appeals bench, and a prominent one, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, said then, “Playing politics with judges is unfair, and I am sick of it.”

After meeting on Tuesday with Garland, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York predicted that ultimately, Republicans will relent. He said there is momentum for having hearings and a vote on the nomination.

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