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Anthony M. Kennedy

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
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Hannah Graham

on 23 October 2012

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Associate Justice, Supreme Court Anthony M. Kennedy Background Kennedy was born and raised in Sacramento, California

His father was a lawyer and his mother was active in civic cause

Married Mary Davis in 1963 and is the father of three

Appointed by President Ronald Reagan 1988 Education Graduated with honors from McClatchy High School in 1954

Attended Stanford University from 1954-1958 and graduated with a B.A. in political science

He earned an LL.B from Harvard Law School

From 1965 to 1988, he was a Professor of Constitutional Law at various universities Interesting Facts Some conservatives view Kennedy's pro-gay-rights and pro-choice rulings as betrayals (Example: Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Atkins v. Virginia)

Kennedy has been described "goody goody." His father once jokingly offered him $100 if he would do something to get himself picked up by the police, a fee he never collected.

Beliefs Since Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement, he is now seen as the "swing vote"

He has generally been supportive of the conservative majorities.

However, he has occasionally sided with the Court's more liberal members on such issues as religious freedom, speech and expression, and discrimination. Christian Legal Society v. Martinez The court voted that a public college's policy requiring that all student organizations allow any student to join was constitutional.

The Christian Legal Society wanted an exemption from the policy because the organization barred students based on religion and sexual orientation

Kennedy sided with the majority in this case. District of Columbia v. Heller Again joined the majority in this case which struck down the ban on firearms in Washington DC.

Kennedy sided with the conservatives in this case, claiming that denying civilians to bear arms was in direct conflict with the 2nd Amendment. Florence v. County of Burlington (2012) Once again, Kennedy voted conservatively in this case

Supreme Court ruled that people detained and admitted to the general jail population for any offense may be subjected to strip searches without a reason to suspect contraband.
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