“But it is unlikely that Kennedy will remain on the court for the full four years of the Trump presidency,” NPR’s Nina Totenberg reported.
“While he long ago hired his law clerks for the coming term, he has not done so for the following term (beginning Oct. 2018), and has let applicants for those positions know he is considering retirement.”
Kennedy, known as a conservative justice, has often had to cast the tie-breaking vote in key decisions, The Hill noted. However, he has sided with liberal justices at times, including on the court’s 2015 decision permitting same-sex marriage nationwide, the website reported.
There has been speculation about Kennedy’s possible retirement in recent days.
“The court wrapped up the current term, and Kennedy, who turns 81 in July, seems to have decided to stay on the job — at least for the coming term,” Totenberg wrote for NPR.