US Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

US Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

US Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

"This is the most important Supreme Court vacancy for this country in at least a generation".

The potential fallout from Anthony Kennedy's absence from the Supreme Court came quickly after the perpetual swing vote announced his retirement on Wednesday.

AMY CONEY BARRETT of Indiana, US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit: Barrett is a relatively new appeals court judge in Chicago, confirmed past year after a bruising confirmation fight. Kennedy has been a center-right jurist with enough left-of-center positions to qualify as the court's unpredictable swing voter.

"The great issues of our day are decided at the Supreme Court: immigration, religious liberty, the right to bear arms, the right to speak freely".

Labor unions were attacked by the Supreme Court in a June 27 ruling that public employees can not be forced to pay union dues.

"I'm anxious about Roe v. Wade", Merkley said in another tweet about the landmark decision in 1973 that recognized a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

The 81-year-old said in a statement he was stepping down after more than 30 years.

How did we get here?

It's highly unlikely, however, that argument will convince any Republicans. After that the court will have only eight justices and an ostensible 4-4 deadlock, as it did from February 2016-April 2017 after Antonin Scalia's death. That case was recently reversed at the Supreme Court in a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts. The bitter 14-month battle over Scalia's seat, during which Republican senators refused to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland, will most likely pale in comparison to the coming fight over Kennedy's seat. In Romer v. Evans (1996), Kennedy led the Court in overturning a Colorado constitutional amendment that barred state officials from taking any action created to protect gays from discrimination.

"My view, and I can now confidently say the view shared by virtually everybody in my conference, is that the nomination should be made by the president that the people elect in the election that's now underway", McConnell told the Capitol Hill press corps. "It is gone because Donald Trump won the election and because he's going to have the chance to appoint two Supreme Court justices".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says it would be the "height of hypocrisy" for the Senate to vote on a new Supreme Court justice before the November midterm elections. "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".

The 2018 midterms matter.

In the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, many progressive Americans dared to believe that maybe, just maybe, his election victory would not prove as consequential as they first feared. He was also the second-oldest behind Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85. In Lawrence v. Texas (2003), Kennedy led the Court in overturning that state's ban on "homosexual conduct".

Here's how to learn if you're eligible to vote, how to register, check, or update your information. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, he worked as the Missouri state director for GOP nominee Bob Dole's presidential campaign in 1996 and went on to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri before the Senate in 2004 confirmed him to his current job in a 97-to-1 vote.

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