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Richard L. Hasen: More than ever, it's a Kennedy court

Richard L. Hasen: More than ever, it's a Kennedy court

Forget the debate over whether the Supreme Court has taken a liberal turn. It is not a liberal court or a conservative court. It's a Kennedy court. On major constitutional and statutory questions, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's views matter more than anything else. Liberals do have more to celebrate this term than in the recent past, from the same-sex marriage and Obamacare decisions, to a major housing discrimination case, to a surprising win for minority plaintiffs in a voting rights lawsuit. In those cases, Kennedy was in the majority, and all but one — Obamacare — were decided 5 to 4. But there were some victories for conservatives as well. The court blocked a key...

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