Judges with ties to Louisiana on Supreme Court Justice shortlist
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - President Trump is getting a second Supreme Court pick as Justice Anthony Kennedy steps down from the bench this summer.
Justice Kennedy was considered a moderate judge selected by President Ronald Reagan in the late 80s he was expected to lean conservative.
During his time on the Supreme Court he's surprised people on both sides of the aisles joining liberals in key decisions.
Now President Trump will decide who will take his seat and he said he's picking from a list of 25 judges. Three judges have Louisiana ties.
The first is Amy Coney Barrett. She is a Trump appointee to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. She was born in New Orleans and went to Dominican. The President of St. Mary's Dominican High School, Dr. Cynthia A. Thomas says, "St. Mary's Dominican High School prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders. Amy Coney Barrett, as a woman of integrity, exemplifies the profile of a Dominican graduate. In her personal and professional life, she values learning, the pursuit of excellence, and seeks Truth - Veritas."
The second is William Pryor Junior who was appointed to the Court of Appeals in Atlanta by George W. Bush.
He went to the University of Louisiana at Monroe and got his law degree at Tulane.
The third judge is Don Willett. He is a new judge on the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans and was appointed by President Trump from a Texas court.
FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman said the president's pick will be key in the makeup of the court for decades to come.
"Justices on the Supreme Court, even though they're supposed to be apolitical, you'll very often see a justice wait for a president with similar ideologies get into office before they step down," Mike Sherman, FOX 8 political analyst said. "Well, Justice Kennedy was that swing independent. He was appointed by a president but could've gone either way on many issues. So this is a really influential appointment president trump gets to make."
Justice Kennedy's last day is July 31st.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said senators will vote on Kennedy's replacement this fall.
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