Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.

Trump is expected to replace the 81-year-old Kennedy with a young, more rigidly conservative, justice and lock in a 5-4 conservative majority on the court, a prospect that sent instant waves of panic throughout progressive America. While he voted with the bench's conservatives on campaign finance and, earlier this week, to uphold Trump's travel ban, Kennedy also sided with the Court's liberal justices on issues such as abortion rights, climate change and authoring the majority opinion to legalize same-sex marriage in 2015.

But Senate Democrats still harbor a retributive impulse toward McConnell and the Republicans, who blocked the nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's pick to fill the seat of the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

In a statement, ICNA Council for Social Justice, an Islamic social justice and human rights organization, said that it was not the first time that the court had allowed official racism and xenophobia to continue rather than standing up to it.

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He was often referred to as the "swing vote" between the four more liberal and four more reliably conservative justices now presiding over the court. But to many folks, one thing was certain: lit is dead.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had a grim response Wednesday to the news that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring this summer: "Roe v. Wade is doomed". The conservative justices on the court give loads of leeway to a president (in this case, a insane one who has been compromised by a foreign power) to dictate immigration policy. McConnell says the Senate will act on confirmation in the fall. If the Senate divides 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie to confirm the nominee.

Abortion is likely to be one of the flash points in the nomination fight. Heidi Heitkamp in November's midterm elections.

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