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The most important Supreme Court cases that could come down to 4-4 ties this term

October 05, 2016

By Taylor Dolmen
Vice News

It’s been 201 days of Republican inaction since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, which means that when oral arguments begin for the fall term on Tuesday, they will still be heard by eight justices instead of nine. Despite the risk of a polarizing case ending in a tie vote, as did the June ruling blocking Obama’s plan to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to work, the court has agreed to take on 39 cases so far this term. The docket features important issues, including freedom of religion and speech, insider trading, the death penalty, and racial discrimination.