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Liberal minds will be exploding if Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement. If Justice Neil Gorsuch went through the grinder, I can imagine what President Trump’s next pick will go through.

Kennedy although considered a conservative, often found himself in the middle and was often a ‘swing vote’.

The Justice wrote opinion in many cases.

In 1996 he wrote majority opinion on Romer vs Evans that stated homosexuals and bisexuals can’t be singled out by a statute that denies them special protection.

In 2003 he wrote the majority opinion in Lawrence vs Texas, overturning Supreme Court precedent and striking down state sodomy laws.

One of his best known opinions came in 2015 in Obergefell vs Hodges, where he declared in the 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have a right to marry.

In 2008 in Boumediene vs Bush, it was his 5-4 majority opinion that declared foreign terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo had the right to challenge their detention in U.S. courts.

In 2008 in Kennedy vs Louisiana, he sided with the liberals by writing a 5-4 majority opinion that declared the death penalty is unconstitutional in cases where the victim is not killed and there is no intent to kill. That particular case dealt with the rape of a child.

Don’t get me wrong, although a ‘swing vote’, he often sided with the left. There is a long list of cases to show that. Here are two more examples.

In 1992 in Planned Parenthood vs Casey. Justice Kennedy signed on to the decision, which reaffirmed the fundamental right to an abortion under Roe vs Wade.  Many had hoped the original opinion would be set aside, but this seemed to end the issue.

In 2007 in Gonzales vs Carhart, he wrote the majority opinion, which found The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 to be constitutional.

It is expected that Kennedy will make an announcement today after a closed meeting.

Think about the controversy there will be if Trump gets the opportunity to replace Kennedy.

The Liberal minds will explode and they will put the new nominee under a giant spotlight and intense scrutiny that many would not be able to handle.

The choice would have to big an extremely strong willed individual.

I wish I had studied law and was in contention.


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