The Supreme Court, facing the prospect of an extended stretch with an eight-member bench, is “working really hard” to reach consensus and avoid deadlocks, Justice Elena Kagan said on Monday.
There are almost 50 cases left to decide before the justices leave for their summer break at the end of June. Justice Kagan said she and her colleagues were committed to issuing decisions in as many of those cases as possible.
“All of us are working hard to reach agreement,” she told an audience atNew York University’s law school. That was true when the court had nine members, she said, but “we’re especially concerned about that now.”
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