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Old January 15, 2017, 07:22 AM   #20
Tom Servo
Join Date: September 27, 2008
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We have a SC split of 4-4.
There's no guarantee Roberts and Kennedy will be on our side in this matter. Bringing a gun case before them right now could be catastrophic.

When a replacement for Scalia is appointed, the thing we have to remember is that he's not a replacement of Scalia. The future Justice may or may not be sympathetic. Even if he is, it may not matter if we don't have Roberts and Kennedy in the bag.

Part of Scalia's legacy was his influence over the other Justices. A new appointee won't have that clout. On the other hand, Breyer and RBG can be expected to keep Sotomayor and Kagan reliably in their camp.
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