Charlotte Talks: What's At Stake In Trump's Supreme Court Pick?

Jul 9, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018 

Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement could take the Supreme Court in a more consistently conservative direction.
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As President Trump prepares to announce his choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, several expert court-watchers assess the possible impact of this change.

President Trump's Supreme Court shortlist has reportedly been whittled down to three contenders ahead of a Monday night announcement on a nominee to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The Reagan-appointed Kennedy was long seen as a swing vote, but was lately a reliable conservative vote, including the decision upholding the Administration's travel ban, and the striking down of a California abortion law.

Kennedy's exit could have implications for gerrymandering cases here in North Carolina and elsewhere. The future of abortion rights and gay marriage are also seen as hanging in the balance.

What will the post-Kennedy Supreme Court look like?


Guy Charles, Duke University School of Law, professor; founding director of Duke Center on Law, Race and Politics (@ProfGuyCharles)

Martha Ginn, Augusta University, professor and associate dean of Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (@MHGinn)

John Szmer, UNC Charlotte, associate professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration