No Supreme Court opinions this week following Scalia's death

Native women and their supporters rallied at the U.S. Supreme Court on December 7, 2015, as the justices heard Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a tribal jurisdiction case. Photo by Indianz.Com

The U.S. Supreme Court won't issue decisions this week following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Decisions are pending in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a closely-watched tribal jurisdiction case involving the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and Nebraska v. Parker, a reservation diminishment case affecting the Omaha Tribe. Scalia, was present for arguments in both cases but his vote will not be considered due to his passing on February 13 at the age of 79.

The court can still issue decisions with just eight members. But in the event of a 4-4 tie, the justices are expected to rehear the case during their next term.

The court is hearing arguments in cases on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. But orders in pending cases will not be issued this week because the justices did not hold a conference on Friday, when Scalia's body was brought to the court for a ceremony and a public viewing.

Scalia, who almost went against Indian interests during his tenure on the court, was laid to rest on Saturday.

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Funeral cements Scalia’s legacy as a larger-than-life conservative force (The Washington Post 2/20)
Antonin Scalia’s funeral reflects the justice’s life of faith (The Washington Post 2/20)
Justice Antonin Scalia’s Faith and Values Inspired Many Mourners (The New York Times 2/21)
Washington Pauses for Justice Antonin Scalia’s Funeral (The New York Times 2/21)
Supreme Court meets for first time since Scalia’s death (AP 2/22) Senators Returning to Square Off Head to Head Over Replacing Scalia (The New York Times 2/22)

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