Supreme Court justices thank the retiring Kennedy: 'a rousing Bravo'
Justices of the Supreme Court on Wednesday thanked Justice Anthony Kennedy for his service as he announced his retirement from the nation’s highest court.
Kennedy, 81, told the White Home in a letter of his "profound gratitude" for having served for 30 years. He declared his intention to step down as a senior associate justice, to take effect July 31.
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Following word of his resignation, Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts labeled Kennedy, an "individual of inquestioned independence and integrity," who practiced his legal wisdom not just in Washington, D.C., but "around the planet by means of teaching, lectures, and discussions focused on the rule of law and the necessity of civic engagement."
Justice Clarence Thomas, who served alongside Kennedy for much more than 25 years, stated Kennedy "has been unfailingly civil and sort in all of his interactions with every single of his colleagues. Even throughout the most tough and challenging times, he had a way of elevating every single of us by his example."
Thomas added that the retiring justice is a "good man who will be remembered not only for a extended and productive career on the bench but also for the way he carried out himself."
Kennedy, according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, "is a correct gentleman, a caring jurist, and a grand colleague in all respects." Ginsberg stated she’ll miss Kennedy and his ideas, opinions and "his recommendations of art exhibitions to pay a visit to with my chambers staff, and significantly a lot more."
"He has earned a rousing Bravo," Ginsburg said, "for the good he has done throughout the 43 years he has served as a member of the Federal Judiciary."
"A judge of great vision" who "is thoughtful and cautious in his choice-generating" were the words Justice Stephen Breyer used to describe Kennedy. He added it was a "great pleasure" for the Supreme Court to perform with him.
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Kennedy’s "legacy will be of enduring significance," Justice Elena Kagan stated. "The Court and country will miss his wisdom, his independence and integrity, his really like of liberty and commitment to individual dignity."
"He was the very best colleague imaginable," she added.
The retiring justice is "one of the most thoughtful colleagues" Justice Sonia Sotomayor has ever recognized, according to her statement. "It is undeniable that he has had a monumental impact on the law," the justice added, noting she feels "he will continue to be a roaring lion, even as he requires senior status."
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Neil Gorsuch, the most current justice to take a seat on the bench following President Trump’s appointment of him and Kennedy’s former law clark, wrote that Kennedy’s "respect for each individual and every single case has made him a wonderful man and a wonderful judge."
"It has been an unexpected joy to serve this year as his colleague," Gorsuch stated, and added Kennedy "is a model of civility judicial temperament, and kindness."
Former Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, mentioned he and Kennedy have remained close pals given that he left, and he "continue[s] to admire [Kennedy’s] independence, the higher good quality of his judicial perform, and his devotion to the mission of the Court."
Kennedy was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and was sworn-in the following year. While usually voting with the court&rsquos conservative bloc, he has been a key swing vote in a number of cases and occasionally sided with the court&rsquos liberal wing, specifically on concerns such as gay rights and abortion.
His retirement had been rumored in recent years, with numerous of his former clerks possessing mentioned they believed he was taking into consideration stepping down.
Fox News’ Bill Mears and Shannon Bream contributed to this report.
Published at Wed, 27 Jun 2018 22:20:00 +0000