As Kennedy Retires, Senate Gears Up for a Supreme Court Brawl

As Kennedy Retires, Senate Gears Up for a Supreme Court Brawl

As Kennedy Retires, Senate Gears Up for a Supreme Court Brawl

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement after holding his position for more than 30 years.

"His departure will enable Trump to nominate a conservative replacement, skewing the court to the right for decades as the remaining justices serve out their lifetime tenures".

His retirement is a tremendous blow to the Left, especially after Senate Democrats' failure to filibuster the president's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Sen. Although conservative, he sometimes joined the liberal wing of the court and authored landmark opinions on cases dealing with abortion, campaign finance and LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage.

"Two years ago Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell mocked the democrats by refusing to even meet with Obama's court nominees", he continued. But if the confirmation fight is all over by the time voters vote, will it still matter?

Republicans, with a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, are planning to move ahead.

"This fall, we will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor".

A US-based Muslim group on Wednesday criticized the Supreme Court's (SC) decision to uphold a travel ban on Muslims to enter the United States by President Trump, saying it was launching a new campaign to garner support for a proposed resolution which recognizes American Muslims' contribution to the nation.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor in her dissent, called Trump's order a result of "anti-Muslim animus" and blasted the majority for "ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering".

The Supreme Court on Tuesday narrowly upheld the Trump administration's travel restrictions on citizens of five Muslim-majority countries, handing President Donald Trump a victory in enforcing one of his most controversial policies.

But several former law clerks said that Kennedy, a nominee of President Ronald Reagan, prefers to be replaced by a Republican.

Kennedy's vote, positioned at the very centre of the court, gives him a place of special prominence among the nine justices.

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