Supreme Court Term Ends With No Retirement Announcement

There’s plenty of news out of the Supreme Court today, including rulings on the stay against the Trump Administration’s travel ban, a ruling on an important First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion case, the decision by the Court to accept the appeal involving a Colorado baker’s claim that their religious beliefs should exempt them from a generally applicable law barring discrimination based sexual orientation, and its decision to decline review in yet another Second Amendment case. I’ll have posts about those court actions later today or, in some cases, perhaps tomorrow based on time allowances.

For now, though, we can saw this much. The Court has adjourned for the summer and, despite the rumors, there was no announcement of a retirement from Justice Kennedy or any other Justice at the end of today’s Court session. While it’s still possible we could get something on that later this week, it’s generally been the case that retirements are announced on the last day of the term or, as was the case for Justices Souter, and Stevens, earlier than that to give the President and Congress time to name and confirm a replacement nominee. So, it looks like the make-up of the Court will stay the same through next term barring unforeseen circumstances.

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. SKI says:

    Really hope you are right. The though of another Trump appointee fast tracked by Turtle-head fills me with dread. It isn’t unheard of though to announce later. I think O’Connor announced in July.

  2. O;Connor announced on July 1st, which happened to be the last day of the term that year.

    Souter and Stevens both announced their retirements in April, with the proviso that the resignation would become effective upon the confirmation of a nominee by the Senate.

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Much ado about nothing.

  4. SKI says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Thanks. That makes me feel a little better (right up until I read more of Gorsuch’s opinions…)