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    The 9 Supreme Court justices who are changing the country

    The Hobby Lobby case is expected to be decided this coming Monday, and it'll have tremendous effects on the state of religious freedom in the United States.

    To help you get an idea of where the decision might lean, here's a look at the nine Supreme Court justices that will decide the Hobby Lobby case.

    Justice Roberts
    John G. Roberts Jr.

    Title: Chief Justice of the United States

    Born: Jan. 27, 1955

    Joined SCOTUS: Sept. 29, 2005

    Fact: Roberts has a strong influence on other judges and continuously advocates for a decreased docket. This has resulted in more important cases reaching the SCOTUS.

    Justice Scalia
    Antonin Scalia

    Title: Associate Justice

    Born: March 11, 1936

    Joined SCOTUS: Sept. 26, 1986

    Fact: Nicknamed “Nino” by his friends and family, Scalia has a controversial style. Because of his colorful antics, many consider him the Supreme Court’s action movie star.

    Justice Kennedy
    Anthony M. Kennedy

    Title: Associate Justice

    Born: July 23, 1936

    Joined SCOTUS: Feb. 18, 1988

    Fact: President Ronald Reagan nominated Kennedy because of his conservatism, which continues to influence the Court's decisions today. Kennedy sticks to his guns and has not developed new opinions since his appointment.

    Justice Thomas
    Clarence Thomas

    Title: Associate Justice

    Born: June 23, 1948

    Joined SCOTUS: Oct. 23, 1991

    Fact: President George H. W. Bush nominated Thomas to vote conservatively, and the associate justice continues to do. Though some pundits thought he would vote in conjunction with Scalia, he usually forms his own opinions and votes on his own.

    Justice Ginsburg
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Title: Associate Justice

    Born: March 15, 1933

    Joined SCOTUS: Aug. 10, 1993

    Fact: Ginsburg frequently speaks in favor of women’s issues and women’s rights, which will likely play a major role in future Supreme Court cases.

    Justice Breyer
    Stephen G. Breyer

    Title: Associate Justice

    Born: Aug. 16, 1938

    Joined SCOTUS: Aug. 3, 1994

    Fact: Breyer commonly votes for what’s best for the people, instead of businesses or corporations. He’s also known for his contradictory decisions.

    Justice Alito
    Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.

    Title: Associate Justice

    Born: April 1, 1950

    Joined SCOTUS: Jan. 31, 2006

    Fact: Alito comes from humble beginnings and often relies on his personal experiences when making decisions in the Supreme Court.

    Justice Sotomayor
    Sonia Sotomayor

    Title: Associate Justice

    Born: June 25, 1954

    Joined SCOTUS: Aug. 8, 2009

    Fact: Sotomayor is one of the newest voices to the Supreme Court. Her decisions are often based on intellectual factors and her own empathy toward people.

    Justice Kagan
    Elena Kagan

    Title: Associate Justice

    Born: April 28, 1960

    Joined SCOTUS: Aug. 7, 2010

    Fact: Kagan is one of the more liberal justices in the Supreme Court. She’s very open-minded, pragmatic and reasonable in her decision-making.

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