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Supreme Court Justices Don’t Like To Vote Solo On Issues

The high court is more than five times as likely to issue a 5-4 ruling as it is an 8-to-1 verdict

Jun 01, 2015 at 4:51 PM ET

Something unusual happened in the Supreme Court on Monday, and it had nothing to do with gay marriage or Obamacare: One of the justices actually voted solo on an issue. The high court ruled Monday in favor of Samantha Elauf, who had been denied a job as a sales model at an Abercrombie Kids back in 2008 because she wore a hijab for religious reasons. Eight out of the nine justices ruled in favor of Elauf, with only Clarence Thomas in dissent.

That 8-1 vote split happens very rarely on the high court. Historically, Supreme Court cases are more than five times as likely to end in a 9-to-0 ruling than an 8-to-1 ruling based off the vote spilt of heard cases over the last six completed Supreme Court sessions. Over this period, 48 percent of all cases ended in 9-to-0 rulings and a mere 9 percent ended in 8-to-1 rulings—making it the rarest of all vote splits. It seems like the high court believes in strength in numbers.

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