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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SOLITARY: Michael Avenatti Transferred To El Chapo’s Former Cell In New York Jail
Federal prosecutors aren’t inclined to give Avenatti a break.
New legal documents published Monday night reveal that showboat attorney and former cable news star Michael Avenatti has been transferred from a California jail to an infamous New York jail after violating the terms of his pre-trial agreement.
Avenatti was arrested at a hearing of the California Bar Association last weekend.
New documents published by his attorney surfaced Monday, revealing that Avenatti was transferred from California to New York over the weekend and jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Avenatti is currently facing criminal charges related to an alleged extortion of Nike, in which the showboat attorney is said to have threatened the sporting company with legal and press campaign against it if it failed to provide him with millions of dollars.
The documents assert that he has been housed in a cell formerly occupied by Mexican Cartel boss El Chapo, an infamous global criminal who has since been transferred to a federal prison in Colorado known as the most secure in the country.
In another strange twist, the Metropolitan Correctional Center was the location of infamous billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s detention and controversial “suicide.”
Avenatti’s lawyers are asking for him to be removed from protective custody and placed in general population in order to effectively litigate his ongoing court case.
With the once-hyped potential presidential candidate literally being housed in El Chapo’s former jail cell, it’s hard to think of a more dramatic character arc for the celebrity lawyer. Around a year ago, Avenatti was still exploring the possibility of a campaign for the Democratic nomination.
As he fights against criminal charges that could carry a penalty of a life sentence in prison, it appears unlikely that Avenatti will be getting anywhere with any political ambitions anytime soon.
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