U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, full of one-line quips and an emotional defense of American jurisprudence, told an audience in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday that there should be no political litmus test for nominees to the high court.

“The idea that you appointed a judge for a particular result seems to me not right,” Kennedy said during the question-and-answer period following a speech sponsored by the Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. About 750 judges and attorneys attended the luncheon.