Professor emeritus says justice's retirement likely means major change

June 27, 2018 05:56 PM

Someone worried about what the news of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement means for the future of our democracy is Professor Emeritus Stephen Gottlieb.

A senior scholar of Constitutional law, Gottlieb describes his fear of what will likely happen once President Trump appoints his second pick for the Supreme Court.

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Gottlieb wants you to know he is an outspoken critic of Justice John Roberts and has written a book, called "Unfit for Democracy," that outlines how the justice's decisions have hurt Americans economically, politically and in some cases in the criminal process.

As Justice Kennedy has announced that he will retire after three decades, the court will be split between four liberal justices appointed by Democratic presidents and four conservatives who were named by Republicans.

Professor Gottlieb says that this pivotal position will likely affect the outcome of cases in the future regarding gay rights, issues about labor unions, race, immigrants and even water protection.

Gottlieb adds that President Trump's nominee, will likely give the conservatives a solid majority and change the course of Democracy as we know it today because of gerrymandering cases. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it's the practice of rearranging the boundaries of electoral districts for political gain.

"First, it means that we've lost control over the electoral process -- at least for legislatures and therefore whether we're more liberal or more conservative, the legislators get to pick their voters. Therefore, we don't get to pick who we want. So we will lose control of what's supposed to be Democratic government," said Gottlieb.

President Trump says he will begin the process of appointing a new justice from a list of 25 names previously released by the White House in November last year. Justice Kennedy's last day is July 31.


Karen Tararache

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