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Justice Kennedy might retire next year – New York Post

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may retire next year, giving the Trump administration the opportunity to fill the vacancy and move the court to the right for years to come.

Kennedy, who turns 81 on July 23, has told people who are applying to be his law clerks for the court’s term beginning in October 2018 that he is considering retirement, NPR reported.

When he does leave, President Trump has said he would appoint a conservative and that he hoped the court would target Roe v. Wade.

“If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, [overturning Roe v. Wade] will happen,” he said in October during his final debate with Hillary Clinton.

“That will happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”

Kennedy, a frequent swing vote in key cases with the court divided between four liberals and four conservatives, has sat on the Supreme Court since 1988 and was nominated by President Ronald Reagan.

There had been earlier speculation that he would retire this summer, but that apparently is not the case.

Trump’s first pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, is a staunch conservative in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia.

Republicans in the Senate refused to even hold hearings for anyone nominated by then-President Barack Obama, and the court went for more than a year with only eight sitting justices.

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