Supreme Court Swing Vote Anthony Kennedy Announces He's Retiring

28 June, 2018, 07:29 | Author: Angel Logan
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Kennedy's plan to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest US judicial body gives Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative.

President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a more conservative replacement, giving the right a five-four majority. Though nominated by the Republican President Ronald Reagan, he has been the swing vote in many 5-4 decisions by the Supreme Court since the 2006 retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor.

The current ban, announced in September, prohibits entry into the USA of most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The President went on to tweet: "People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!"

The Supreme Court is an institution that shapes America.

Justices Samuel Alito Jr., Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy and Neil Gorsuch joined the majority.

But conservative activists and politicians were focused on praising Kennedy's career and eagerly anticipated the nomination of a new justice.

Replacing Kennedy with a pro-life, originalist judge could give the Supreme Court its first pro-life majority since before 1973, potentially enabling Roe v. Wade to finally be overturned in one of several battles over pro-life state laws now winding through the legal system.

"The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by offering advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy", he said in remarks from the chamber floor. In a court with four liberal judges and four conservatives, Justice Kennedy, a moderate right-winger, often cast the deciding vote in some of the country's most contentious cases.

Justice Kennedy, 81, will retire on 31 July, per his letter to Mr Trump.

Trump has announced that he will choose Kennedy's successor from the shortlist of 25 contenders that he made public during the campaign and updated a year ago. "For example, if Pakistan or another country does just one thing that Trump doesn't like, we will be added in there". Judges Amy Coney Barrett, whom Trump named to the federal appeals court in Chicago, and Raymond Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk who serves on the appeals court based in Cincinnati, also may be considered. "But the only response they can find from our government is really strong law and order".

The president said he would pick from a list of roughly 25 judicial nominees compiled by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society during his campaign. "That will begin immediately", Trump said at the White House.

And in June 2017, the President stated on Twitter that the Justice Department had submitted a "watered down, politically correct version" of the "original Travel Ban" "to S [upreme] C [ourt]."1 Id., at 132".

As Syrians face violence in their native country and a ban on entering the United States, the executive director of the Syrian American Council told the Associated Press many people were scared.


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