Kennedy retirement rumors fueling liberal angst

Liberal anxiety is spiking again over renewed rumors of the possible retirement of Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.  A Monday report by Joseph P. Williams says, "Kennedy reportedly dropped a low-key bombshell" last week, "hinting to prospective clerks that he's considering stepping down in 2018, ahead of the midterm elections." The latest rumor, which "several experts poured cold water on," began with a Nina Totenberg column at suggesting that a Kennedy retirement may happen during President Trump's first term: But it is unlikely that Kennedy will remain on the court for the full four years of the Trump presidency. While he long ago hired his law clerks for the coming term, he has not done so for the following term (beginning Oct. 2018), and has let applicants for those positions know he is considering retirement. The current speculation follows reports in late June that fueled "the Beltway gossip...(Read Full Post)