Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday his plans to retire from the nation’s highest court; creating a new vacancy to be filled by President Trump.
Kennedy revealed his decision in a letter delivered to President Trump Wednesday afternoon, saying he was prepared to step down from the court.
“For a member of the legal profession, it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court,” he wrote. “Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.”
“Justice Kennedy, 81, has long been the decisive vote in many closely divided cases. His retirement gives President Trump the opportunity to fundamentally change the course of the Supreme Court,” writes the New York Times.
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BREAKING: Supreme Court STRIKES DOWN Law Banning ‘Political Apparel’ from Polls
The United States Supreme Court struck down a Minnesota statute Thursday that barred individuals from wearing “political apparel” to polling stations, saying the law had “good intentions” but overstepped government authority and violated free speech.
In a 7-2 ruling, the justices ruled against the state over a lawsuit that banned a Minnesota resident from wearing a “tea party shirt” while voting.
“Minnesota, like other states, has sought to strike the balance in a way that affords the voter the opportunity to exercise his civic duty in a setting removed from the clamor and din of electioneering,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “While that choice is generally worthy of our respect, Minnesota has not supported its good intentions with a law capable of reasoned application.”
Currently 11 states and the District of Columbia ban voters from wearing politically-themed “badges, buttons, or other insignias” inside or near the “polling place.”
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BREAKING: Supreme Court Says States CAN FORCE Shoppers to Pay Online Sales Tax
The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states have the authority to force online shoppers to pay sales tax; a move that could generate billions of dollars and significantly raise prices of commonly bought goods.
The 5-4 ruling strikes down a decades-old decision that impacted online sales; clearing the path for local governments to charge sales tax on goods regardless of whether or not the business has a “physical” footprint within its boundaries.
“Each year the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality and results in significant revenue losses to the States. These critiques underscore that the physical presence rule, both as first formulated and as applied today, is an incorrect interpretation of the Commerce Clause,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The decision is a big win for major corporations such as Apple and Walmart, who generally pay sales tax due to their “physical presence” in most states throughout the country.