An Associate Supreme Court Justice who has served on the Court since 1988 has just announced his retirement.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will retire, effective July 31 of this year, according to a press release.
“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,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy, the notoriously centrist Justice, trashed President Donald J. Trump in a decision to uphold the President’s ban on travel from predominantly Muslim nations.
“There are numerous instances in which the statements and actions of government officials are not subject to judicial scrutiny or intervention,” Kennedy wrote. “That does not mean those officials are free to disregard the Constitution and the rights it proclaims and protects.”
He was one of three “conservative” Justices to uphold the decision in Roe V. Wade, a controversial case that essentially legalized abortion, in a 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” From the founders’ belief in “created equal” [by God], this language travels to the furthest opposite pole of individual self-definition, verging on self-creation,” Kennedy and his concurring Justices wrote in their opinion in Casey.
“This moment is the biggest moment of the Trump Presidency so far,” said Chris Wallace on Fox News. “Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote who often decided whether the conservatives won, or sometimes, not as often the liberals prevailed, especially on social issues.”
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WATCH LIVE: Historic Meeting President Donald Trump And Russian President Vladimir Putin Meet In Helsinki
President Donald Trump has arrived at Finland’s Presidential Palace in Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” President Trump stated this morning. This is a statement the president has made to the media in the past, and reiterated this morning to the press in Helsinki.
WATCH LIVE COVERAGE:
The one-on-one meeting, followed by a working lunch, will conclude with a joint press conference, according to AP.
The meeting comes just days after the US Justice Department indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for their role in the hacking of the 2016 presidential campaign.
“President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will meet on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland. The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues,” the White House statement said.
The joint press conference is expected to start at 10:00 a.m. US Eastern time.
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