Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Announces Retirement

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement this week at the end of the court’s annual session. Kennedy was appointed to the court in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan after the Senate failed to confirm Judge Robert Bork to the bench. Kennedy has been known as a moderate on the court; he co-authored the Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, which affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion in 1992. President Trump has promised to appoint a pro-life conservative to the bench in his place, and it is expected he will name Kennedy’s successor this summer, so that the new justice can be confirmed before the Court reconvenes in October. Stay tuned for more on this upcoming appointment.