Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy has just announced that he will be retiring from the bench as of July 31. According to CBS, the formal announcement came in a letter to President Trump with “profound gratitude for the privilege to serve.”
Justice Kennedy, since his appointment in 1987, has been a longtime notorious swing vote on the Supreme Court, although often voted with a libertarian stance by siding with socially liberal as well as fiscally conservative decisions. The vacancy leaves an opportunity for President Trump to appoint a very conservative justice, with a special advantage of having a conservative Congress to confirm his appointment. Political experts speculate that the confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice will be swift, and will likely occur before the midterm elections in November.
Editor’s note: This is a developing story, and will be updates as more details are released.
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