CNN Quotes Pratik Shah on a 4-4 Supreme Court

Akin Gump Supreme Court and appellate practice co-head Pratik Shah was quoted by CNN for its article “Down a justice, John Roberts looks to find compromise, avoid 4-4 ties,” on what it calls efforts by Chief Justice Roberts to work around the challenges for the Court occasioned by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

On the topic of 5-4 decisions by the full Court, Shah, who has argued 13 cases before the Supreme Court, said, “Although sharply divided decisions in prior terms (i.e., 5-4) might have perpetuated the perception of an ideologically divided court, sharply divided decisions this term (i.e., 4-4) come with an added twist: no decision of the court at all.”