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Anthony Kennedy

Date de naissance: 23. juillet 1936

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Anthony McLeod Kennedy, né le 23 juillet 1936 à Sacramento, est un juriste, avocat et juge américain, membre de la Cour suprême des États-Unis de 1988 à 2018. Nommé par le président Ronald Reagan, il est réputé pour ses positions centristes, plus précisément comme un conservateur qui vote occasionnellement avec les progressistes.

Le 31 juillet 2018, Kennedy se retire de la Cour suprême ; Donald Trump propose comme successeur Brett Kavanaugh qui est confirmé par le Sénat le 6 octobre 2018.

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Citations Anthony Kennedy

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„Indeed I do and I admire it. I am a practicing Catholic.“

—  Anthony Kennedy
Alleged response to conservative senator's statement that "I think you know where I stand on abortion" (exchange occurred at White House prior to Justice Kennedy’s nomination). Quoted in

„The Constitution doesn't belong to a bunch of judges and lawyers. It belongs to you.“

—  Anthony Kennedy
Interview for Academy of Achievement http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/printmember/ken0int-1 (3 June 2005).

„Some kinds of government regulation of private consensual homosexual behavior may face substantial constitutional challenge.“

—  Anthony Kennedy
Beller v. Middendorf, 632 F.2d 788, 809-10 (9th Cir. 1980) upholding a Navy discharge for homosexual conduct.

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„The instant case involves liberty of the person both in its spatial and more transcendent dimensions.... Bowers was not correct when it was decided, and it is not correct today.... As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom.“

—  Anthony Kennedy
Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=000&invol=02-102 (26 June 2003). Had those who drew and ratified the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth Amendment or the Fourteenth Amendment known the components of liberty in its manifold possibilities, they might have been more specific. They did not presume to have this insight. They knew times can blind us to certain truths and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress. As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom. Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=000&invol=02-102 (26 June 2003).

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„The respondents in this case insist that a difficult question of public policy must be taken from the reach of the voters, and thus removed from the realm of public discussion, dialogue, and debate in an election campaign. Quite in addition to the serious First Amendment implications of that position with respect to any particular election, it is inconsistent with the underlying premises of a responsible, functioning democracy. One of those premises is that a democracy has the capacity—and the duty—to learn from its past mistakes; to discover and confront persisting biases; and by respectful, rationale deliberation to rise above those flaws and injustices. That process is impeded, not advanced, by court decrees based on the proposition that the public cannot have the requisite repose to discuss certain issues. It is demeaning to the democratic process to presume that the voters are not capable of deciding an issue of this sensitivity on decent and rational grounds. The process of public discourse and political debate should not be foreclosed even if there is a risk that during a public campaign there will be those, on both sides, who seek to use racial division and discord to their own political advantage. An informed public can, and must, rise above this. The idea of democracy is that it can, and must, mature. Freedom embraces the right, indeed the duty, to engage in a rational, civic discourse in order to determine how best to form a consensus to shape the destiny of the Nation and its people.“

—  Anthony Kennedy
Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, 572 U. S. ____, (2016), plurality opinion.

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