Rumors of possible Supreme Court vacancy could fire up Republican base, experts say

Rumors of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s potential retirement have reignited after Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller addressed a closed-door meeting of a legal society in Las Vegas on Friday. The senator can be heard in an audio recording of the meeting obtained by Politico, saying: “I think Kennedy’s going to retire sometime early summer, giving (inaudible) an opportunity to put another Supreme Court justice in place.”

Longtime court watchers dismissed Heller’s comment, noting he does not serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and does not personally know the media-shy Kennedy.

Also suggesting that Kennedy has no imminent plans for retirement, he already has hired his clerks for the court’s next session. In addition, the high court is one of the few places in Washington where secrets really are kept.

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