Report: Justice Anthony Kennedy to Retire This Summer

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Written by Keely Sharp   |   Eagle Rising

According to a GOP Senator, Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring this summer. Kennedy has been a crucial player in many cases, in which he was a swing vote to decide the case.

So, if this is true, then Donald Trump may be appointing a new judge, and that is great news for us!

Kennedy was actually appointed by former President Ronald Reagan. However, despite being appointed by a Conservative president, Kennedy was more in the middle of the road when it came to his judicial philosophy.

NY Daily News reports: 

Audio of Nevada’s Dean Heller speaking at a recent event in Las Vegas obtained by Politicoshowed his view that the departure of the justice would be a boost for his reelection campaign this fall.

“Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer,” Heller stated about the 81-year-old judge. Kennedy is the second oldest sitting Supreme Court justice, just after Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Kennedy, who has written historic decisions such as the one that allowed gay marriage nationwide, has not commented publicly about the report.

The makeup of the Court did not shift dramatically after the last change in justices, when Barack Obama’s pick of Merrick Garland was delayed until after the 2016 election by Republicans who voted in Neil Gorsuch.

It is not clear whether President Trump would pick someone similarly in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia, or would go for a compromise candidate.

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