Supreme Court last day no­table, Trump im­mi­gra­tion vic­tor y

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARK SHER­MAN

WASH­ING­TON - The last day of the Supreme Court's term was no­table not only for what was an­nounced but also for what wasn't.

There had been spec­u­la­tion that Supreme Court Jus­tice An­thony Kennedy could re­veal his re­tire­ment from the court Mon­day. But the court re­cessed with­out any re­tire­ment an­nounce­ment from Kennedy.

The jus­tices did make a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant rul­ings. They de­cided to al­low a lim­ited ver­sion of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Mus­lim coun­tries to take ef­fect and to set the case for ar­gu­ment in the fall.

In a highly watched re­li­gious lib­erty case, the court sided with a church that had sought a grant to put a soft sur­face on its preschool play­ground. And the jus­tices said they'll take on a new clash be­tween gay rights and re­li­gion in a case about a wedding cake for a same-sex cou­ple in Colorado.

The jus­tices also sent back to a lower court a case in­volv­ing the shoot­ing of a Mex­i­can teenager by a U.S. Border Pa­trol agent. The ques­tion the court was asked to re­solve was whether the par­ents of the teen could sue in U.S. courts. The jus­tices told a fed­eral ap­peals court to take ac­count of a Supreme Court rul­ing last week that lim­its dam­ages claims against high-rank­ing U.S. of­fi­cials.

The jus­tices will be­gin to hear cases again Oct. 2.

Un­til then, they're off to sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties, which for Kennedy in­cludes spend­ing part of the sum­mer as he typ­i­cally does, teach­ing a law school class in Salzburg, Aus­tria.

Kennedy could still an­nounce his re­tire­ment at any time, though the last day of the term was seen as an op­por­tune mo­ment.

When Jus­tice San­dra Day O'Con­nor an­nounced her re­tire­ment in 2005 she did so on July 1, a few days af­ter the end of the term. The last jus­tice to an­nounce his re­tire­ment from the bench was Jus­tice Lewis F. Pow­ell Jr., who an­nounced he would re­tire on June 26, 1987, 30 years ago Mon­day.

Kennedy had given no public sign that he would step down this year and give Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump his sec­ond high court pick. But Kennedy turns 81 next month and has been on the court for nearly 30 years. Sev­eral of his for­mer law clerks have said they think he is con­tem­plat­ing step­ping down in the next year or so. In ad­di­tion, Kennedy and his clerks gath­ered over the week­end for a re­union pushed up a year ear­lier than nor­mal. The de­ci­sion to hold an early re­union helped spark talk he might be leav­ing the court.

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Supreme Court Jus­tice An­thony Kennedy

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United States Supreme Court in Wash­ing­ton D.C.

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