Sixteen U.S. Supreme Court practitioners on Tuesday added their voices to recent calls for Senate leaders to consider and vote on a nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, the high court veterans wrote that if the vacancy were left open until after the presidential election and even into 2017, “approximately 120 cases spanning two terms would be decided by an eight-member court. It would be harmful to our nation for so many cases to be heard by only eight justices, inviting split decisions that do not resolve important legal questions and, even worse, potentially leaving unresolved conflicts among the lower courts.”

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