No matter whom President Donald Trump nominates to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, if that person is confirmed, the Supreme Court will be a decidedly conservative body for the first time since World War II.

Morgan Marietta, a political science scholar at the University of Massachusetts Lowell who studies the Supreme Court, explains three ways a 6-3 conservative court would be different from the 5-4 split Americans have become familiar with.

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People gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court building as news spread of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Sept. 18 death. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

3 ways a 6-3 Supreme Court would be different

Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts Lowell

A 6-3 conservative court will hear a broader range of controversial cases, shift interpretations of individual rights and put more pressure on local democracy to make policy decisions.

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