After serving the Supreme Court for nearly 30 years, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who would turn 81 next month, is rumored to be retiring from his post. As the Supreme Court entered its final week of work before a two-month long summer break, a decision is expected on the travel ban from President Donald Trump’s administration, reports said.
Although, Kennedy has given no public indication of retiring this year, several of his former legal clerks have signaled to his considerations of stepping down in the next year or so. The rumors started when dozens of Kennedy’s former clerks attended a reunion event this weekend, which was supposed to be held next year. Every five years, Kennedy holds a reunion for his clerks, the Associated Press reported.
One of Kennedy’s former clerk, George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr, tweeted saying it will soon be confirmed whether Kennedy is retiring or not.
Kerr tweeted again Saturday referring to his earlier tweet: “To be clear, I have zero inside knowledge about if Kennedy will retire. I was just noting speculation in tweet about case for term limits.”
Kennedy was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan and is generally conservative. However, on some occasions, he has sided with liberals in some cases, such as his 2015 ruling in the nationwide same-sex marriage case which affirmed the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling in a 5-4 decision in 1992.
Kennedy’s departure would give Trump the opportunity to appoint someone more conservative. Trump’s conservative base rejoiced when the president picked Neil Gorsuch in April to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, reports said.
Kennedy is known for casting the vital swing vote in cases that grabbed national attention, which no other justice in recent history has done. We take a look at some of those cases.
1. Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992)