For SCOTUS in 2017, New Cases, New Challenges and an Old Problem

As a result, experts say, the court has been highly selective about the cases it’s planning to hear; only one of three high-profile cases has actually been scheduled for arguments in 2017. And until the court returns to full strength,”the potential for equally divided decisions remains,” according to a National Women’s Law Center report. The short-handed, eight-member Court failed to reach consensus in certain cases, including a rare, 4-4 split on a challenge to President Barack Obama’s plan for young immigrants who enter the U.S. without legal documentation.