Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retires after 3 decades
By: Suzy Adams, Xiro Xone News June 27, 2018 Updated: 3:32 PM PT
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would retire at the end of July 2018. Kennedy sent a letter to President Trump, announcing his retirement from the bench from which he sat for a little more than, 30 years.
Kennedy’s retirement is to the shock and dismay of Democrats because his replace under Trump will be a hard right Justice who will reshape the highest court of the land for years to come. Known as a moderate conservative justice, Kennedy was often the swing vote. There were times Kennedy would side with the more liberal position in cases argued before him. Lawyers preparing to argue before the Supreme Court would often write their briefs to sway, Justice Kennedy.
He was not a liberal because his votes often sided with the conservative majority. But he could be counted on when it came to rulings regarding personal freedoms. Kennedy will mark the end of Reagan and George H. Bush conservatism, which is dying out in favor of the far right conservative.
There were times Kennedy was unpredictable as to which side he would rule, but in recent rulings, he agreed a bakery could deny making wedding cakes for same-sex couples based on religious belief, and agreed to uphold President Trump’s travel ban.
Kennedy’s departure allows Trump to make his second Supreme Court nomination. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) said he wanted to be appointed and was added to Trumps list to choose from.
Kennedy 81, a Republican appointee, has held the key vote on such high-profile issues like gay rights, abortion, voting rights, guns, affirmative action, and that, big corporations can exercise free speech with money, hence a campaign finance ruling that some believe is dangerous for democracy.