Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire after 30 years on the Supreme Court. The court had just been released for summer recess when a few hours later a spokeswomen for the court announced Kennedy’s retirement effective July 31st. His retirement is earth shattering as the fight to name a replacement could swing the courts for years to come. Kennedy was a moderate and was often a swing vote. It is highly likely that his successor will be a conservative as President Trump is responsible for the appointment. But Republicans could run into trouble during the conformation process. The battle will be major as the Republicans are currently clinging to a one seat majority in the Senate and Democrats will desperately want to block Trump’s nominee until the 2018 election. The Democrats still feel the sting from when Republican refuse to hold conformation hearings for Merrick Garland after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. It was a political move that allowed Republicans to wait until they could have a president to appoint a conservative judge. Ultimately Justice Kennedy’s retirement is probably the biggest political news of the week as it has the implication to impact court decisions for many years to come.
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