Justice also described the retirement of swing vote Anthony Kennedy as ‘the event of greatest consequence’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg intimated on Friday that the US supreme court will soon issue more 5-4 decisions in watershed cases. The justice also said she regarded the retirement last year of swing vote Anthony Kennedy as “the event of greatest consequence for the current term, and perhaps for many terms ahead”.

Ginsburg, 86, told a legal conference in New York the highest court has made decisions in 70 cases argued this term but publicly announced 43, which means the outcomes of 27 argued cases have yet to be revealed. Another five decisions were made without extensive oral arguments.

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