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How a bench of 8 justices changes Supreme Court decisions

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File: The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6, 2013.
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The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6, 2013.

It's the end of the Supreme Court session, and that means decisions— big decisions— are coming out on issues like immigration, abortion, and other hot topics.

This is one of the busiest weeks of the year for the U.S. Supreme Court.

It's the end of their session, and that means decisions— big decisions— are coming out on issues like immigration, abortion, and other hot topics.

But after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February, the court has had to continue with a smaller bench.

How is that affecting decisions and how the justices work together?

Joining Take Two to discuss:

  • Allan Ides, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School
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