Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring because things weren’t bad enough

Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring because things weren’t bad enough

The United States' Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, handing him one of the biggest victories of his presidency so far, rejecting the argument that it represented unconstitutional religious discrimination.

The president said he hopes to "pick someone who is just as outstanding" as Kennedy, noting that he has a list of about 25 contenders whom he could nominate to become the next Supreme Court justice. A frequent swing vote in the past, Kennedy sided with the court's conservative bloc in every one of the 5-4 split decisions this term.

Richard Lazarus is the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he teaches environmental law, natural resources law, Supreme Court advocacy, and torts. And now President Trump will replace him with a judge who will nearly certainly be more right-wing than Kennedy, decisively tipping the balance toward the court's conservative faction. Kavanaugh is among the most conservative of the judges for whom we have ideology data, with a score that puts him to the left only of the archconservative Clarence Thomas. Joe Biden (D-Del.) in which the future VP said hypothetically - as there was no Supreme Court vacancy at the time - that the Senate should delay consideration of Supreme Court nominations until after Election Day.

"While liberals have been able to pick off a number of crucial victories in years past on hotly contested matters, they will nearly always fall short in the future without Justice Kennedy on the bench now".

Justice Kennedy's retirement gives Republicans the opportunity to fulfill their promise to install a majority on the court that would overturn these decisions.

Without Kennedy, the court will be split between four liberal justices who were appointed by Democratic presidents and four conservatives who were named by Republicans. Although conservative, he sometimes joined the liberal wing of the court and authored landmark opinions on cases dealing with abortion, campaign finance and LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage.

Trump supporters steadfast despite the immigration uproar
The bills would also end the policy of separating immigrant families at the border. "We don't like to see families separated". Despite the executive order , the Trump administration continued to push Congress for a long-term fix to the border issues .

Kennedy informed his colleagues of his plans, then went to the White House to meet with Trump, where the president said they talked for half an hour about a potential successor and other topics.

Justice Kennedy, 82, will retire on 31 July, according to the letter.

"The next justice could cast pivotal votes on whether it is legal to fire a transgender employee, target transgender students at school, or refuse health care to transgender patients".

Opponents of the ban challenged the decision in court.

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. Republicans successfully blocked the nomination of his pick, Judge Merrick Garland.

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