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  •  Used to take three-- (2+ / 0-)
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    IIRC, It was the custom for one justice from the "other side" to offer to sign on, but I heard that has gone by the wayside post-Bush v. Gore.

    "Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence." --Dr. Leonard (Bones) McCoy

    by homogenius on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 02:08:42 PM PST

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    •  Nope. It's been four for decades (1+ / 0-)
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      It's always required four votes for cert.  You can read the United States Reports and find instances of three justices dissenting from the denial of certiorari.  And I've never once heard of a tradition of a justice voting to grant cert just to make three other justices happy.

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      by FogCityJohn on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 05:52:27 PM PST

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      •  Since 1925 anyway (1+ / 0-)
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        When they started the certiorari process.  That was actually the compromise that William Howard Taft worked out with Congress in order to let the certioari process start.  

      •  I worded that badly. (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, it's definitely been four. But in practice I'm pretty sure that they used to help each other out as a courtesy.

        "Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence." --Dr. Leonard (Bones) McCoy

        by homogenius on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 12:15:07 PM PST

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