The justices’ questions and comments over the course of the 90-minute arguments left the possibility of a 4-4 tie — which would represent a defeat for the Obama administration. A split decision also would set no guiding precedent on the use of presidential authority moving forward.
Still, comments by Chief Justice John Roberts helped keep a final decision in doubt, as he suggested a possible quick-fix in a key part of the policy. In doing so, he gave possible hope to the White House and its allies, even if a split decision still appears the most likely outcome.
“We believe at the end of the day, that even though there are only eight justices, there will be enough justices to uphold” the policies, said Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who is backing the White House.
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