Law360, Washington (June 27, 2018, 2:04 PM EDT) -- Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, the U.S. Supreme Court's most senior member, is stepping down from the bench, the court announced Wednesday. His retirement will hand President Donald Trump the chance to replace a crucial swing vote and shift the ideological balance of the court to the right.
Justice Kennedy's retirement will take effect July 31. (Getty)
Justice Kennedy's retirement will take effect July 31, according to a statement distributed by the court's press office.
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