Supreme Court Swing Vote Anthony Kennedy Announces He's Retiring

Supreme Court Swing Vote Anthony Kennedy Announces He's Retiring

Because pinning down the ideology of a lower court judge can be tricky, their scores are based on the political positions of the people who control their nominations to the court: the president and their home-state senators.

The 81-year-old justice, who has served on the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years, was known as a swing vote on some issues.

But a small majority of Supreme Court justices said the challengers did not show the ban violates either U.S. immigration law or the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another.

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That list included two judges with Michigan connections: Judge Raymond Kethledge, on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and then-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who past year was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to join Kethledge on the Sixth Circuit.

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The US Supreme Court has handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency, upholding his controversial travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

"Not since key decisions on slavery, segregation in schools, and Japanese American incarceration have we seen a decision that so clearly fails to protect those most vulnerable to government-led discrimination", added Farhana Khera, executive director of the group Muslim Advocates. Kennedy's departure will allow Trump to shift the court decisively to the right, possibly for a generation, and opens the door to a rollback of access to abortion, gay rights and protections for minorities. Did his 19 occasions of joining 5-4 decisions on a roster of Republican agenda pet projects, five or so in the last two weeks, earn him any dividend?

"This is the moment conservative women have been waiting for - the chance to return justice and constitutional limits to the nation's highest court". "Today's Supreme Court ruling on his travel ban is a vindication of the president, his Administration and the will of the American people". Trump's nominee, likely to give the conservatives a solid majority, will face a Senate confirmation process in which Republicans hold the slimmest majority but Democrats can't prevent a vote. Most notably, he wrote the 2015 ruling on Obergefell v Hodges, which found that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served as the vice chairman of Trump's transition team, told Fox: "When he first announced it, he said "Muslim ban". Lisa Sigell spoke to a local law professor who clerked for Justice Kennedy.

After the Senate defeated Reagan's first choice, conservative firebrand Robert Bork, and his second choice, Douglas Ginsburg, withdrew his nomination after the disclosure he had previously smoked marijuana, Kennedy was nominated.

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