Intro by Enrique Flores, Wagner Reese LLP
Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the United States Supreme Court. According to NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Justice Kennedy will serve through July 31, 2018. President Ronald Regan appointed Justice Kennedy on February 18, 1988. The nomination for his replacement will mark the second for President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the Senate the confirmation vote will take place this fall.
Justice Kennedy, who is a conservative, is known as a “swing voter” on key landmark issues, such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage. According to Totenberg, “President Trump has pledged to nominate a replacement who will almost certainly vote differently on many of these issues, putting some landmark decisions in jeopardy.” The list of potential nominees previously issued by President Trump when Neil Gorsuch was nominated, is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
Aside from ideological leanings, Justice Kennedy will be remembered as a decent and civil Jurist. His fellow Justices expressed sadness at his departure and hailed the legacy he leaves behind.
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