As Supreme Court Nears Finish, Kennedy Retirement Rumors Swirl

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

"I can tell you one thing: Just as the president did with Justice Neil Gorsuch, whenever there are vacancies, whenever that happens, he will look for someone with the fidelity to the Constitution, who doesn't make up the law as they go along", Conway said. He joined his former law clerks at a reunion event on Saturday night, with several attendees saying he did not address the rumors.

Also expected in the next few days, though there's no deadline by which the court must decide, was a ruling on whether to allow the administration to immediately enforce a 90-day ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries.

In all, six cases that were argued between November and April remain undecided.

Less than two weeks after writing his first majority opinion for the highest court in the land, President Trump's first Supreme Court appointee, Neil Gorsuch, penned his first dissent. The ruling potentially could narrow the separation of church and state.

Missouri has since changed its policy under Republican Gov. Eric Greitens so that churches may now apply for the money.

The church sued after being denied state taxpayer funds for a playground improvement project because of a Missouri constitutional provision barring state funding for religious entities.

Kennedy has given no public sign that he would step down this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration.

When newly-minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch joined originalist stalwart Clarence Thomas in a 7-2 dissent that reads like something the founders would have written, any conservatives who might have been anxious about Gorsuch somehow being another David Souter should probably stop worrying. President Donald Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is a leading supporter of such "school choice" plans.

The most notable of three immigration-related cases in which rulings are due on Monday is a dispute over whether immigrants detained by the USA government for more than six months while deportation proceedings unfold should be able to request their release. Another involves whether the family of a Mexican teenager shot dead while standing on Mexican soil by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue for civil rights violations.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before taking their long summer break, the Supreme Court justices are poised to act on the Trump administration's travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground. They sparked global condemnation and through travel from the targeted countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - into turmoil. Trump has said the order is needed for national security.

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