US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy retiring, giving Trump a second pick

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US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy retiring, giving Trump a second pick

Despite the Republican majority, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says she's confident senators can be persuaded to hold off.

New cases on any of those issues could be before the court soon and, even if Roberts is not prepared to overrule major Supreme Court precedents, he could be in position to cut back on environmental protections as well as gay rights and abortion rights.

His departure will leave four justices appointed by Democrat presidents and four by Republicans.

"Mike Lee, he's an outstanding talent", Trump said. That sorry distinction goes to Indiana's Joe Donnelly and four other Democratic senators running for re-election in red states Trump carried in 2016. Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

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De Sousa said he understood the significance because of his background as a constitutional lawyer.

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced he is retiring at the age of 81. But it is a precedent limited on its facts to vacancies occurring because of a sudden death of a justice in a presidential election year.

A Ronald Reagan appointee, Kennedy was a strong conservative voice on the Court, and his voting record showed his support of the rights of the individual.

JUSTICE Anthony Kennedy's announcement Wednesday of his retirement comes with the ink barely dry on several crucial decisions enabled by President Trump's choice of the conservative Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump says he discussed with Kennedy some potential replacements but declined to say which names were mentioned.

The president said he would pick a successor from the previously released list of 25 candidates.

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But there's no doubt that Trump, in the second year of his presidency, can nominate another justice.

He will turn 82 next month and the other justices around his age are part of the court's liberal wing.

Kennedy's retirement gives Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.

The Supreme Court has two cases left to decide before justices begin their summer break.

Now, Democrats argue that Trump's pick should not be put to a vote until after new legislators are elected in midterm polls this fall.

If Roe v. Wade is not overturned outright, expect it to become much easier for states to impose extreme restrictions on access to abortion.

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In a dissent she read in the courtroom, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor cited "stark parallels" with the court's 1944 decision that upheld United States internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two.

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