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Laurence Tribe (left) and Ted Olson
Supreme Court watcher Laurence Tribe says the high court remains divided, but he considers that disagreement healthy.

Tribe, a nationally known constitutional law expert and Harvard Law professor, said 24, or one third of cases in 2007, were decided by a 5 to 4 vote. This was the highest percentage in 13 years, he added.

“We are better informed by knowing the range of views in question,” said Tribe, noting that there was only one dissent during the 34 years John Marshall led the court. “As long as there are serious differences, why paper them over?”

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