Courts, Politics

Is Justice Kennedy Tipping His Hand on Retirement?

The Supreme Court declined yesterday to take up a controversial case from Arkansas concerning a regulation on the abortion pill.

And the decision could be a huge clue that Justice Kennedy may retire this year. Let’s follow the breadcrumbs.

It only takes four justices on the court to agree to hear a case.

So why did the liberals on the court not agree to hear a case that would restrict abortion?

It’s entirely likely that they see the writing on the wall: Justice Kennedy may not be around much longer to join them as the swing vote for a 5-4 decision in favor of abortion, as he has in the past.

If that interpretation is correct, then Kennedy would need to retire in the next 90 days or so in order for President Trump to get another conservative confirmed by the GOP Senate.

We can hear the Jeopardy music playing now…

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Here’s more from Daily Caller…

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to hear a challenge to an Arkansas law that restricts access to so-called medication abortions.

The denial, a moderately surprising result, hints at pending changes to the Court’s present composition.

The law at issue in Monday’s case requires clinics that administer medication abortions to contract with a physician who has hospital admissions privileges. Medication abortions, or RU 486 procedures, allow women to terminate a pregnancy by orally consuming a pill called mifepristone, followed by a second pill called misoprostol a day and a half later. The process is only effective within the first seven weeks of pregnancy.

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