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Analysis: Supreme Court Unwieldy 2 Years After Scalia's Death

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 08:35 AM

The Supreme Court is still feeling the impact of Antonin Scalia's death, struggling to find continuity in its first session with nine justices since the death of the firebrand justice, according to CNN's analysis.

Marking the second anniversary of Scalia's death Tuesday, the High Court has handed down just four signed decisions since October, down from an average of 10 at this point, CNN reports.

The addition of Neil Gorsuch has thrown off the balance of the court figuratively and literally; the Court went with just eight justices in the year following Scalia's death in 2016, during the tug-of-war between Senate Majority Leader and President Barack Obama.

Though Gorsuch for Scalia was a conservative for conservative on the bench, Gorsuch and the other justices are still trying to assimilate to one another, CNN reports, a transition that's not coming easy.

Gorsuch has clashed, predictably, with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with each calling the other's opinions "absurd," CNN reports.

"I've got pretty civil colleagues. Disagreement is part of the job description. It doesn't stop us from having dinner together," Gorsuch said during a speech recently.

And the really big bombshells haven't been heard yet - President Donald Trump's travel ban and religious freedom top the list.

Scalia, 79, died in his sleep at a hunting resort in Texas on Feb. 13, 2016.

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