Justice Kennedy's retirement won't just define his legacy. It could undo it entirely.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision to retire might just end up being the most important part of his legacy

Anthony Kennedy.
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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision to retire Wednesday might just end up being the most important part of his legacy.

Given his long history as the "swing vote" on the Supreme Court, this might sound incredible. After all, Kennedy authored or was a key vote on decisions that upheld gay rights, abortion rights, and more. But it's his retirement — coming during the Trump presidency, two years after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stole a court nomination from former President Barack Obama — that may end up being much, much more meaningful.

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