‘Sharp divisions': Ginsburg indicates splits ahead for Supreme Court – Washington Examiner

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested that more sharp splits among the Supreme Court justices are ahead.

In remarks on Friday before the Second Circuit Judicial Conference in New York, Ginsburg noted that of the 43 decisions in argued cases so far, just 11 were decided by a vote of 5-4 or 5-3. In many of those decisions, the high court split along ideological lines.

“Given the number of most watched cases still unannounced, I cannot predict that the relatively low sharp divisions ratio will hold,” she said.

The end of the Supreme Court’s current term at the end of June is likely to bring rulings in high-profile disputes involving partisan gerrymandering and the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

It’s the first court term with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose appointment by President Trump cemented a five-justice conservative majority on the high court.

Kavanaugh filled the seat left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced he would be stepping down from the bench in June 2018. Kennedy’s retirement, Ginsburg said, was “the event of greatest consequence for the current term, and perhaps for many terms ahead.”

The Supreme Court still has opinions in 27 cases to announce, including in the most high-profile disputes the justices heard this term. Among those include a challenge to the Trump administration’s decision to include a citizenship question on the decennial census and two partisan gerrymandering cases, which present the Supreme Court with the opportunity to decide whether and when the excessive injection of politics in redistricting crosses a constitutional line.


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