Local Politicians React To Kennedy Retirement

28 June, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Edward Snyder
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Now, most believe, President Donald Trump will nominate a more reliably conservative justice.

"The Supreme Court has upheld a ban driven by anti-Muslim sentiment", said Jasmin Samy, the council's state executive director.

In a letter submitted to President Donald Trump, Kennedy - who is, at 81, the longest-serving current member of the Supreme Court - said it has been "the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court". Numerous people on this list are federal appeals court judges, so we have some sense of how they might vote if they made it onto the Supreme Court.

The court held that the challengers had failed to show that the ban violates either US immigration law or the US Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on the government favouring one religion over another.

Stephen Bannon, who as chief White House strategist was an architect of the travel ban, said that the court's ruling vindicated Trump and his Administration after receiving a year and a half of attacks from the political left over the policy.

Crawford expects the president to name a new justice soon, to be confirmed during the summer and in place when the high court returns in October to hear arguments.

A lawsuit filed in March says the administration's decision to end temporary protected status was motivated by racism, citing Trump's vulgar language during a meeting in January to describe African countries.




Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor 2006, Kennedy has served as the court's resident swing vote, siding with both the court's liberals and conservative's depending on the issue.

"Although the majority briefly recounts a few of the statements and background events that form the basis of plaintiffs' constitutional challenge. that highly abridged account does not tell even half of the story", Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The travel ban, which the Supreme Court allowed to take effect in December, has been widely criticised by refugee and human rights groups. "I think there would be five justices to overrule Roe v. Wade". Trump's nominee is likely to give the conservatives a solid majority and will face a Senate process in which Republicans hold the slimmest majority, but Democrats can't delay confirmation.

Soon after he was sworn into office in 2017, Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who had died a year earlier.

In his letter to Mr Trump, Justice Kennedy expressed "profound gratitude" for having served in the highest court.

Kennedy, previously a federal appeals court judge in California, was actually Reagan's third choice for the job.

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