The weather is warm, barbecue grills have already been fired up, and schools are recessing for summer. Which means it’s the time of year to start watching the U.S. Supreme Court to see what Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will do.
Not only do the justices tend to save the biggest decisions for the final weeks before the court’s term wraps at the end of June, most of those rulings divide the justices — often 5-4. This year, we are expecting blockbuster rulings on issues including same-sex marriage, affirmative action, voting rights, DNA evidence collection and human gene patentability, and Kennedy — known as the court’s swing voter — may once again be the ultimate decider.
So what will he do? Only the justices know for sure at this point, but Time Magazine’s Massimo Calabresi pointed out that Kennedy has demonstrated in the past that he “likes to be on the right side of history.”
But, he said, “[a]s court watchers learn every June, however, it’s futile to try and guess how Kennedy will come down.”