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Yes. The US Supreme Court has issued many unanimous verdicts during its history; however, this was more common in the past than it is today. The Roberts Court is polarized, with four ultra-conservative justices (Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito), four progressive justices (Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor), and one justice with a mixed voting record (Justice Kennedy).

As the swing vote, Justice Kennedy helps maintain balance on the Court.
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