WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy says he is retiring, effective July 31. That will give President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.
The 81-year-old Kennedy said Wednesday he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.
Kennedy was nominated by President Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1987.
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