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Contraception Case Faces Possible 4-4 Split After Scalia’s Death

If at least five Supreme Court justices fail to agree on a decision on the contraception mandate, it would leave lower court's decision intact, creating different rules for different parts of the country.

The Associcated Press: Scalia's Death Could Affect Politically Tinged Cases
Challengers in two politically tinged cases before the Supreme Court this week face the seemingly insurmountable problem of being unable to count to five — as in five votes. The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has deprived conservatives of a reliable vote on a range of issues, including the design of congressional districts in Virginia and the Obama administration's effort to accommodate faith-based groups that object to paying for contraceptives as part of their health insurance plans. (Sherman, 3/18)

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