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NYT: DC Rumors Swirling About Justice Kennedy Retirement

NYT: DC Rumors Swirling About Justice Kennedy Retirement
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Monday, 19 February 2018 03:15 PM

Rumors that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may retire are sweeping Washington, The New York Times is reporting.

It marks the second consecutive year the rumors have hit the nation's capital.

Kennedy is 81 and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the high court, the Times noted.

The newspaper said Kennedy has held the decisive vote in many of the court's most contested cases. His retirement would give President Donald Trump the chance to move the court more to the right, according to the Times.

Kennedy is likely looking at many factors in making his decision, the newspaper said. Judicial experts believe those factors include party loyalty and the preservation of his judicial legacy.

And the newspaper noted justices usually prefer to retire when the sitting president is of the same party as the one who nominated them to the high court in the first place.

Justices also often try to retire early in a president's term, a 2010 study by Ross Stolzenberg, a demographer at the University of Chicago, and James T. Lindgren a law professor at Northwestern, reveals.

"If the incumbent president is of the same party as the president who nominated the justice to the court, and if the incumbent president is in the first two years of a four-year presidential term, then the justice has odds of resignation that are about 2.6 times higher than when these two conditions are not met," it said.

But there are those who question whether Kennedy is considering stepping down.

Christine Kexel Chabot, who teaches at Loyola University's Chicago School of Law, pointed out Kennedy has hired law clerks for the term that starts in October.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he remains on the bench," she said.

NPR had reported last year Kennedy informed law clerk applicants he was giving some thought to retiring, but it appeared he had decided not to step down in the near future.

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