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The Post-Kennedy Supreme Court Is Already Here

The court’s famous swing vote lurched to the right in recent years—giving a glimpse of what the future without him looks like.
Source: Carlos Barria / Reuters

For those who can’t imagine the Supreme Court without Justice Anthony Kennedy, here’s some faintly good news: you don’t have to.

Though Kennedy’s resignation doesn’t take effect until July 31, the post-Kennedy court first convened on the first Monday in October 2017. The “Justice Kennedy” who sat at the right hand of the Chief Justice for the last nine months was not the Justice Kennedy who defined the court for the past 25 years.

That Elvis left the building sometime last summer.

To understand what I mean, consider some statistics assembled by the wizards . In the past term

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