Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement, gives Trump second Supreme Court pick

Visitors depart the Supreme Court early Monday Visitors depart the Supreme Court early Monday
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"For a member of the legal profession it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court", Kennedy wrote. Though nominated by the Republican President Ronald Reagan, he has been the swing vote in many 5-4 decisions by the Supreme Court since the 2006 retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor.

While Trump did not make rolling back abortion rights a central plank of his campaign, numerous conservative rank and file want Roe v. Wade overturned and Trump promised to put anti-abortion justices on the Supreme Court.

Yet Democrats are powerless to stop a Trump nominee without help from Republicans, since it only takes a majority vote to navigate the procedural hurdles in the confirmation process.

During a meeting with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the White House, President Trump said he would select a nominee to replace Justice Kennedy from a list of 25 potential court candidates that his campaign had compiled during the election. The Democratic-controlled Senate was concerned that Bork's joining the court could lead to a major shift in its rulings.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. He has been at the center of the Court, often supplying the controlling vote in closely divided, high-profile cases.

The sharply divided high court has already handed Trump a series of other wins in politically charged cases in recent weeks.

"Part of my job as a United States senator is to carefully consider the president's judicial nominees, including for the Supreme Court, and I will thoroughly review the record and qualifications of any nominee presented to the Senate", Donnelly said.


It's also possible that Roberts appears more liberal because, as the chief justice, he has an incentive to join the majority in cases where his vote alone can not change the decision; this tactic allows him to influence decisions he doesn't fully agree with, rather than simply dissenting.

But conservative activists and politicians were focused on praising Kennedy's career and eagerly anticipated the nomination of a new justice.

Kennedy is 81 years old, which is younger than Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who is 85. The plaintiffs challenged the order on several grounds, arguing that it exceeded the president's authority and was animated by anti-Muslim bias, violating the First Amendment.

In March 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) began stalling the nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Allowing the president's statements is good news for plaintiffs in other immigration lawsuits against the administration, said Niels Frenzen, an immigration expert at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Shortly after Kennedy announced he would retire from the Supreme Court this summer, Sen.

Malik worries that Tuesday's ruling grants the Trump administration a blank check to expand the travel ban and prevent more refugees and immigrants from entering the U.S. So does Syed Naqvi, a Pakistani immigrant who showed up to the downtown protest with his wife and five children.

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