Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Today, Justice Kennedy announced that he would be retiring at the end of July.
Kennedy authored the majority opinion in Boumediene v. Bush, finding Guantanamo Bay detainees to be constitutionally entitled to pursue habeas relief in federal courts. He also authored the majority opinion in Arizona v. US, finding several provisions of the state's anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, preempted by federal law.
Often characterized as the court's "swing" vote (apt to side with liberal as well as conservative opinions), Kennedy is likely to be replaced with more decidedly conservative justice. Stay tuned to hear about the immigration inclinations of the nominees as they become known.