The announced retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, long known as “the swing vote” on the high court, was the highlight of the news week. Immediately, speculation began as to who President Donald Trump would nominate for the vacancy and a list of conservative short-listers emerged. Take a look at who’s in contention and other Kennedy news from the NLJ.
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Kennedy’s Retirement Leaves His Future Law Clerks in Limbo Depending on when Kennedy’s successor joins the bench, an orphaned clerk could possibly work for the new justice. Retired justices are entitled to have one law clerk, so one of the four could take that position for Kennedy.
John Roberts, the New ‘Swing’ Vote? Not Likely. Try, Perhaps, ‘Median.’ “I can’t predict where Roberts will move left because these are pragmatic not principled considerations, but it would likely be more in challenges to legislation like Obamacare than in culture-war issues like affirmative action,” said Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute.
The Justices’ Statements: Kennedy ‘Earned a Rousing Bravo,’ RBG Says “For the good he has done during the 43 years he has served as a member of the federal judiciary, he has earned a rousing Bravo,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says. Read the statements from the justices about the retirement of Anthony Kennedy.
‘The Constitution Doesn’t Belong to a Bunch of Judges and Lawyers’: Quotable Kennedy From abortion to gay rights to campaign finance, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement Wednesday, was the voice of the U.S. Supreme Court in some of the most contentious issues of the time.
Justice Anthony Kennedy Announces Retirement, Setting Stage for Nomination Battle “Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises,” Kennedy said in a letter to President Trump.
Tension Runs High on Supreme Court’s Final Day of the Term Just minutes before the U.S. Supreme Court session began, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s wife Mary slipped into the justices’ guest seats. Was it a sign that Kennedy was about to announce his retirement?