Justice Kennedy May Retire Sometime Around Early Summer, According to Senator Heller

  • Justice Kennedy May Retire Sometime Around Early Summer, According to Senator Heller

Justice Kennedy May Retire Sometime Around Early Summer, According to Senator Heller

Supreme Court justice and Sacramento native Anthony Kennedy may hang up his robe for good before his 82nd birthday this summer, if Nevada Republican Sen. A registered Republican appointed by Ronald Reagan and unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate, he has effectively been the swing vote on the nine-member court since Sandra Day O'Connor's 2006 retirement.

"Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer", Heller told a group in Las Vegas.

Since a decision Roe v. Wade was made in 1973, pro-lifers have dreamed of an opportunity to overturn it, but it has never become reality as the Supreme Court has remained divided on the issue. Mike Lee for the job, calling the Utah Republican the type of conservative who could energize Nevada's electorate in the June 12 primary. Heller said that he believes a vacancy in the Supreme Court will bolster enthusiasm for voters.

Other potential replacements have not been named, but The Hill points out Kennedy may not be retiring so soon.

In light of that info, is it likely Heller threw out his prediction to help stir up campaign donations for his upcoming election? Yes. He is running for reelection this year in a state Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election. He notes that the fact that Kennedy has already put in place his clerks for the 2018-2019 term, while "not a guarantee", is "more evidence that he's staying than anything Dean Heller has in the opposite direction".

It would be hard to overstate the political ramifications of Kennedy's retirement. "But Dean Heller doesn't have any inside information", Above the Law concludes.