【まとめ】ケネディ米連邦最高裁判事が退任、新判事の任命へ

【6/27】アンソニーケネディ米連邦最高裁判事が退任を表明

Press Releases - pr_06-27-18 - Supreme Court of the United States
Press Releases - pr_06-27-18_2 - Supreme Court of the United States

Justice Kennedy today advised his colleagues that he is submitting to the President a formal notification of his decision, effective July 31 of this year, to cease active status as an Associate Justice and to assume senior status. He said: “It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court.” He added that while his family was willing for him to continue to serve, his decision to step aside was based on his deep desire to spend more time with them. He said, too, that admiration for his colleagues on the Court means that he will retain warm ties with each of them in the years to come. 

 

アメリカ政治研究者による情勢解説。
アメリカの最高裁判事人事: 「保守永続革命」を目指すトランプ政権(前嶋和弘) - 個人 - Yahoo!ニュース

 

【6/27】トランプ大統領が声明

 

【6/30】トランプ大統領、新判事を7/9に指名する意向

 

【7/7】候補者を4名に絞り込み、ケスリッジ判事が最有力候補に?

As of Saturday evening, advisers say, the president had narrowed his list down to four candidates. Raymond Kethledge was the leading contender, although officials stress that Trump has not yet settled on a choice. Trump has been describing Kethledge to aides as “Gorsuch 2.0,” a reference to his 2017 successful nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Trump sees that nomination as one of the high points of his presidency.

Even so, White House officials are preparing rollout plans for all four contenders, which also include Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman, officials say. Hardiman, however, remains in distant last place.

Kavanaugh had been considered a frontrunner, but his fortunes may be torpedoed by Trump’s grudges. Kavanaugh was a top aide to President George W. Bush, whom Trump loathes. As much as anything, personality drives the current President to action, and Trump has gone out of his way to attack all members of the Bush clan and their aides.

Kethledge also may face one of the easier paths to confirmation, officials have told the President. While he wasn’t Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s first pick, McConnell can ease his pathway to confirmation.

That’s not the case necessarily with Barrett, who had a difficult confirmation hearing to earn her current seat on a federal appeals court based in Chicago. With the Senate split 51-49—and Republican Sen. John McCain unlikely to cast a vote—that gives Republicans no wiggle room if Democrats remain united as expected on a Barrett nomination. Even then, it’s possible Sens. Lisa Murkowski or Susan Collins could reject Barrett; both female Senators are supporters of abortion rights.

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SCOTUSblogによる各候補者紹介。
Potential nominee profile: Raymond Kethledge - SCOTUSblog
Potential nominee profile: Brett Kavanaugh - SCOTUSblog
Potential nominee profile: Amy Coney Barrett - SCOTUSblog
Potential nominee profile: Judge Thomas Hardiman, a close second to Gorsuch and a shortlister again - SCOTUSblog

CBSによる各候補者紹介。
What you need to know about Trump's top SCOTUS contenders - CBS News

 

【7/9】 トランプ大統領がカバナー判事を指名