US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Retiring

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
By Paul Martin

United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire, media reports said Wednesday, clearing the path for US President Donald Trump to nominate a second justice to the bench in addition to Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Kennedy, 81, will relinquish his lifetime appoint to the country’s highest court. The Supreme Court of the United States, sometimes referred to as SCOTUS, completes its 2017 term at the end of this week.

Election law expert Richard Hasan has said he believed Kennedy was the most likely justice to retire since “Kennedy has been phoning it in on the big decisions of the current term, and may be signaling he’s ready to wrap up his career,” New York Magazine reported Tuesday.

One of the biggest questions emerging as a consequence of the breaking news concerns whether Trump and Republicans will seek to vet, question and nominate a new justice before the midterm Congressional elections in November, or if they will wait until after the elections. If the Senate does not confirm a new justice by the fall, the significance of every senate race is likely to be a major talking point for both parties in the 2018 senate races.

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