Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring giving president Trump his second opportunity to appoint a Justice to the highest court in the land from the moment Kennedy made his announcement politicians and pundits begin squaring for battle over his replacement this going to be an epic fight we have the facts let’s start with Kennedy himself he was appointed by Ronald Reagan a republican but became Accord key Swing Vote on issues from abortion and affirmative action to gay rights in capital punishment in essence the fulcrum of the Supreme Court is retiring and that President Trump will have the opportunity to name a v much more solid conservative which will give conservatives the advantage on the court potentially for years to come number for his majority opinion in oberkfell versus Hodges the 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage they ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law he wrote the Constitution grants them that right but there’s an added element of drama in the fight to replace Kennedy the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia and iconic conservative in 2016 President Obama nominated Garland generally considered a moderate judge to fill scalia’s see the only problem it was approximately 8 months Dean presidential election in a highly controversial act Senate majority of Republicans refuse to hold hearings on vote on Obama’s nomination of course the American people should have a say in the courts Direction Trump is elected and nominates Neil Gorsuch to Phil’s Kalia C to confirm him Republicans with an arrow majority in the Senate use the nuclear option what is that sounds but it’s a major shift and Senate rules typically in the Senate passing legislation take 60 votes requiring some bipartisan support the nuclear option drop that threshold to a simple majority 51 votes out of a hundred impact on the core became clear this term major rulings holding the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban in Striking down union rights to collect fees from non-members would likely have gone the other way had a more moderate or liberal judge been in his place what happened throughout this term with a string of 524 conservative the sea is emblematic of what president Trump has been able to accomplish he succeeded probably behind conservatives Wildest Dreams interning the federal court system to the right hearing fast Democrats say about should wait until after the midterm elections just as Republicans held off on Garland nomination Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a vote will be held in the fall Democrats if you’re powerless to stall it and while there are no term limits for supper Court Justices are rules governing when they must retire Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 years old and Stephen Breyer is 80 Justice Kennedy retired at 81Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is officially retiring, which gives President Trump another opportunity to appoint a justice. Here’s why the stakes are so high.
The announcement by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy that he is retiring from the court places into clear focus one of a president’s most consequential decisions. Justice Kennedy has served with honor and distinction, leaving a legacy of decisions affecting such issues as gay and habeas rights, the death penalty and affirmative action.
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