Donnelly, Young React To Justice Anthony Kennedy's Retirement Announcement

Donnelly, Young React To Justice Anthony Kennedy's Retirement Announcement

Donnelly, Young React To Justice Anthony Kennedy's Retirement Announcement

"When a juvenile offender commits a heinous crime, the State can exact forfeiture of some of the most basic liberties, but the State cannot extinguish his life and his potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity", Kennedy's majority opinion said.

Despite the Republican majority, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says she's confident senators can be persuaded to hold off.

Senate Democratic leaders said Wednesday that McConnell ought to punt the confirmation beyond November, and they signaled they will wage an aggressive campaign opposing any nominee who threatens to undermine abortion rights and health-care protections for Americans.

Nearly certainly not. They will make the argument, as many already have, that as McConnell's rationale for blocking President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016 was that the American people should get a say through an upcoming election, now the people should get a say with midterms coming up, as well.

"Leader McConnell set that standard in 2016 when he denied Judge Garland a hearing for almost a year, and the Senate should follow the McConnell Standard". Kavanaugh also served as a law clerk to Kennedy of the Supreme Court. He said the voices of millions of Americans heading to the polls this fall "deserve to be heard". That cleared the way for Neil M. Gorsuch to fill a high court vacancy that had remained open for more than a year - thanks to McConnell.

Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop would not have had to defend his decision to decline to bake a cake for a gay couple all the way back to the Supreme Court.

McConnell rationalized this decision by making the argument that it was somehow a tradition not to confirm a new Supreme Court justice in an election year.

He added that, "Some people think outside of obviously war and peace it's the most important thing that you can have".

"He was the first person outside my family to call me when me and my wife's twins were born, and he always just struck me as the consummate gentleman", Erman said.

"It's imperative that the president's nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks", McConnell went on.

He was reliably conservative on issues dealing with the size and reach of government, but Kennedy made radical departures from conservative thought--and more importantly, his Catholic faith--when it came to the most consequential of matters put before the court: Abortion, and LGBT 'rights'.

Just hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Let's talk about what America is like that is going to be different.

Mr Trump said he was launching an immediate search for someone to replace Justice Kennedy, whom he hailed as a spectacular man with great vision and heart.

Kennedy's retirement potentially gives President Donald Trump a second appointment to the nation's highest court. He bridged the gap, USA TODAY's Richard Wolf reports, between the court's liberals and conservatives. The White House maintains a list of possible Trump nominees. As the swing vote, Kennedy has frequently infuriated many conservatives. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights. "He's been a great justice for the Supreme Court". So they need at least a 51-49 edge to reject any Trump judicial nomination.

It will be the first time since Justice Clarence Thomas replaced Thurgood Marshall more than 25 years ago that a new justice could radically change the direction of the court. A Supreme Court vacancy is a much-welcomed jolt as Republicans seek to galvanize core voters in states crucial to their chances - those in which Trump won by double digits and a Democratic senator faces reelection.

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