Mods can move this to P&E if they think it’s too political:
By and large the Supreme Court is considered to consist of 5 conservatives - Roberts, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Alito and Thomas…
…and 4 liberals, Gainsbourg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan.
It’s relatively easy to find examples of a conservative splitting off with his peers and joining the liberals on a decision - Roberts has done it a lot of late, for instance. But when is the last time someone like Kagan or Sotomayor defected from her 3 peers from the liberal bloc on a decision?
I don’t mean cases that are decided 9-0 or 8-1, but rather, the highly charged partisan 5-4 or 6-3 type of decision.