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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement




U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring after more than 30 years. 

His retirement will give President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.

A Republican appointee, 81-year-old Kennedy has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights. 

With files from the Associated Press 

Guests:

Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter for Bloomberg News who has been following the story; he tweets @GregStohr

Helen Knowles, associate professor of political science at SUNY Oswego State University in New York; she’s the author of “The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty” (Rowman & Littlefield 2009)

Sam Erman, professor of law at USC; he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from 2010-2011