Ken Garten: Control of the Supreme Court is about to shift

Ken Garten: Control of the Supreme Court is about to shift

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement is sure to spell change in the highest court in the land. In recent years, Justice Kennedy has been the noted “swing vote” on the court, making him one of the most powerful people in America. Many of the court’s major decisions have had the four conservative justices – John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch – and, before Gorsuch, his conservative predecessor Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. The four more liberal justices – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – aligned on the left, leaving the generally moderate Justice Kennedy as the swing vote in what has often been a court deciding many of its cases by 5-4 votes. And Justice Kennedy has often served as the tie-breaker. Now that he has announced that he is retiring, conservatives are turning cartwheels over the chance to have President Trump appoint a staunch conservative in his place so the court might have free reign to tip the scales firmly to the right for years in the future. Justice Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court 30 years ago by President Ronald Reagan. He has been known not for his rigidity of ideology but for his personal conscience in deciding each issue as he sees appropriate. He has signed off on decisions recognizing the right to abortion, and also on decisions that restrict that right in some instances, but making substantially clear that he is not a […]

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Ken Garten: Control of the Supreme Court is about to shift

Ken Garten: Control of the Supreme Court is about to shift

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement is sure to spell change in the highest court in the land. In recent years, Justice Kennedy has been the noted “swing vote” on the court, making him one of the most powerful people in America. Many of the court’s major decisions have had the four conservative justices – John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch – and, before Gorsuch, his conservative predecessor Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. The four more liberal justices – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – aligned on the left, leaving the generally moderate Justice Kennedy as the swing vote in what has often been a court deciding many of its cases by 5-4 votes. And Justice Kennedy has often served as the tie-breaker. Now that he has announced that he is retiring, conservatives are turning cartwheels over the chance to have President Trump appoint a staunch conservative in his place so the court might have free reign to tip the scales firmly to the right for years in the future. Justice Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court 30 years ago by President Ronald Reagan. He has been known not for his rigidity of ideology but for his personal conscience in deciding each issue as he sees appropriate. He has signed off on decisions recognizing the right to abortion, and also on decisions that restrict that right in some instances, but making substantially clear that he is not a […]

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Ken Garten: Control of the Supreme Court is about to shift

Ken Garten: Control of the Supreme Court is about to shift

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement is sure to spell change in the highest court in the land. In recent years, Justice Kennedy has been the noted “swing vote” on the court, making him one of the most powerful people in America. Many of the court’s major decisions have had the four conservative justices – John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch – and, before Gorsuch, his conservative predecessor Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. The four more liberal justices – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan – aligned on the left, leaving the generally moderate Justice Kennedy as the swing vote in what has often been a court deciding many of its cases by 5-4 votes. And Justice Kennedy has often served as the tie-breaker. Now that he has announced that he is retiring, conservatives are turning cartwheels over the chance to have President Trump appoint a staunch conservative in his place so the court might have free reign to tip the scales firmly to the right for years in the future. Justice Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court 30 years ago by President Ronald Reagan. He has been known not for his rigidity of ideology but for his personal conscience in deciding each issue as he sees appropriate. He has signed off on decisions recognizing the right to abortion, and also on decisions that restrict that right in some instances, but making substantially clear that he is not a […]

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