The long rumored and anticipated retiring of 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was announced Wednesday.
In a letter to President Trump he writes, “For a member of the legal profession it is the highest of honors to serve on this court,” he wrote. “Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.”
Justice Anthony Kennedy was a swing vote on many issues and did not always rule towards the conservative side, siding with the liberal justices on issues involving banning capital punishment and limiting the powers of states to enforce tougher immigration laws.
Justice Kennedy is the second oldest justice, turning 82 in July. The oldest is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, currently 85 years old.
His retirement, set for July 31st, allows the Trump Administration to appoint a younger judge who could help solidify the conservative edge of the Supreme Court for years to come.
USA Today reports the following may be considered to fill his seat:
Among the other judges on Trump’s list most often mentioned as potential Kennedy replacements are Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, and Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, who serves on the 6th Circuit. More intriguing are fresh faces such as newly confirmed federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana and Amul Thapar of Kentucky.
This is a developing story.