14:47, June 27 247 0 abajournal.com

2018-06-27 14:47:06
Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s swing justice, announces his retirement

Developing: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday in a letter to President Donald Trump. Kennedy, 81, is stepping down on July 31.

USA Today, the New York Times and the Washington Post have early news coverage.

Kennedy was nominated to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and joined the bench in February 1988.

“It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court,” Kennedy said in a press release.

Kennedy said he decided to step aside because of as deep desire to spend more time with family. In the resignation letter, he expressed “profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.”

The New York Times describes the justices as “moderately conservative.”

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