Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Announces Retirement

28 June, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Carlos George
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Mr Trump already has left an imprint on the court, restoring its 5-4 conservative majority with the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year after the President's fellow Republicans in the Senate in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former president Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland.

The conservative justice, who turns 82 in July, is the second-oldest on the nine-member court.

The justice did not call out Trump by name, but said that, while certain government actions and statements are not subject to judicial scrutiny, it is "imperative" for a government official "to adhere to the Constitution and to its meaning and its promise".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that his chamber will work to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy before the midterms, a decision filled with political ramifications across Capitol Hill and the nation.

Justice Kennedy personally delivered his retirement letter to the White House on Wednesday afternoon, after he told his fellow justices of his plans at their afternoon conference.

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Mr. Trump said in the Oval Office that he hasn't "really thought about that". Trump's nominee is likely to give the conservatives a solid majority and will face a Senate process in which Republicans hold the slimmest majority, but Democrats can't delay confirmation.

The challengers have argued the policy was motivated by Mr Trump's enmity toward Muslims and urged courts to take into account his inflammatory comments during the 2016 presidential campaign.

As for who may be the next pick, Trump said that he already had a list of 25 candidates and the candidate will come from the list. The court's make-up will determine important issues, including reproductive rights.

Since being named to the court by former president Ronald Reagan in 1988, Kennedy has served as a key swing vote on the court.

Justice Kennedy disappointed conservatives by joining Supreme Court decisions that affirmed the Roe decision, including a landmark 1992 ruling in the case Planned Parenthood v Casey. The four liberals on the court - justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor - cast the dissenting votes.


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