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Favorable or Unfavorable #485: Anthony Kennedy


Favorable or Unfavorable #485: Anthony Kennedy  

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Justice Anthony Kennedy was a notable swing judge. His ideological trajectory is often shown as evidence that conservative justices often become more liberal on the court, although there are notable exceptions such as Alito, Scalia, and Thomas. Recent conservative justices that probably follow this trajectory are Roberts and possibly Kavanaugh. I think because we live in a more ideological environment now that any notable swerves will be less obvious. 

Some moderates and liberals who had begun to trust Kennedy were upset when he resigned under a Trump admin because it was understood Trump would appoint an anti-Roe justice.

His actions:

Kennedy, Anthony 1988 Confirmed to the SC for Reagan
Kennedy, Anthony 1992 Conservative justice supports abortion in Planned Parenthood v Casey
Kennedy, Anthony 2006 Begins to be identified as the primary swing justice on the SC, despite his initial conservative stances
Kennedy, Anthony 2008 Swing justice who decides case striking down handgun ban in DC (DC v Heller)
Kennedy, Anthony 2010 Writes majority opinion in case that overturns recent campaign finance reform (Citizen United v FEC)
Kennedy, Anthony 2015 Writes majority opinion in case that legalizes gay marriage nationally (Obergefell v Hodges)
Kennedy, Anthony 2018 Resigns from the SC after 30 years on the court, upsetting some as the retirement guaranteed a much more conservative replacement
Kennedy, Anthony 2018 Following retirement becomes the first SC Justice to see two former law clerks serves on the SC (Gorsuch and Kavanaugh)
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