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23:27, 27 June 2018

Supreme Court justices thank the retiring Kennedy: &#039a rousing Bravo&#039


Supreme Court justices thank the retiring Kennedy: &#039a rousing Bravo&#039

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&nbspof his &quotprofound gratitude&quot 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 &quotindividual of inquestioned independence and integrity,&quot who practiced his legal wisdom not just in Washington, D.C., but &quotaround the planet by means of teaching,&nbsplectures, and discussions focused on the rule of law and the necessity of civic engagement.&quot

FILe - In this Feb. 18, 1988, file photo Anthony Kennedy, left, takes the constitutional oath as a Supreme Court Associate Justice from Chief Justice William Rehnquist at a White House ceremony in Washington. Holding the Bible is Kennedy's wife, Mary Kennedy. The 81-year-old Kennedy said Tuesday, June 27, 2018, that he is retiring after more than 30 years on the court. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)

Anthony Kennedy, left, takes the constitutional oath as a Supreme Court Associate Justice from Chief Justice William Rehnquist at a White Property ceremony in Washington on Feb. 18, 1988. Holding the Bible is Kennedy’s wife, Mary Kennedy.

&nbsp(AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)

Justice Clarence Thomas, who served alongside Kennedy for much more than 25 years, stated Kennedy &quothas 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.&quot

Thomas added that the retiring justice is a &quotgood 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.&quot

Kennedy, according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, &quotis a correct gentleman, a caring jurist, and a grand colleague in all respects.&quot Ginsberg stated she’ll miss Kennedy and his ideas, opinions and &quothis recommendations of art exhibitions to pay a visit to with my chambers staff, and significantly a lot more.&quot

&quotHe has earned a rousing Bravo,&quot Ginsburg said, &quotfor the good he has done throughout the 43 years he has served as a member of the Federal Judiciary.&quot

&quotA judge of great vision&quot who &quotis thoughtful and cautious in his choice-generating&quot were the words Justice Stephen Breyer used to describe Kennedy. He added it was a &quotgreat pleasure&quot for the Supreme Court to perform with him.

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Kennedy’s &quotlegacy will be of enduring significance,&quot Justice Elena Kagan stated. &quotThe Court and country will miss his wisdom, his independence and integrity, his really like of liberty and commitment to individual dignity.&quot

&quotHe was the very best colleague imaginable,&quot she added.

FILe - In this June 1, 2017, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, top row, far right at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated, from left are, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Standing, from left are, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch. The 81-year-old Kennedy said Tuesday, June 27, 2018, that he is retiring after more than 30 years on the court. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait on June 1, 2017, to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, leading row, far appropriate at the Supreme Court Constructing in Washington. Seated, from left are, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Standing, from left are, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

&nbsp(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The retiring justice is &quotone of the most thoughtful colleagues&quot Justice Sonia Sotomayor has ever recognized, according to her statement. &quotIt is undeniable that he has had a monumental impact on the law,&quot the justice added, noting she feels &quothe will continue to be a roaring lion, even as he requires senior status.&quot

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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 &quotrespect for each individual and every single case has made him a wonderful man and a wonderful judge.&quot

&quotIt has been an unexpected joy to serve this year as his colleague,&quot Gorsuch stated, and added Kennedy &quotis a model of civility judicial temperament, and kindness.&quot

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 &quotcontinue[s] to admire [Kennedy’s] independence, the higher good quality of his judicial perform, and his devotion to the mission of the Court.&quot

Kennedy was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and was sworn-in the following year.&nbspWhile 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.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah&nbspor send her an email at [email protected]

Published at Wed, 27 Jun 2018 22:20:00 +0000


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