Looking at Justice Kennedy's past opinions
Any clues for health care ruling?
- Duration 3:30
- Date Jun 27, 2012
Any clues for health care ruling?
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Well right now we're waiting -- -- the biggest decisions to come out of the Supreme Court in decades tomorrow we learn the fate.
Of the health care line all eyes are on one justice in particular his name is justice Anthony Kennedy.
He's considered the court so called swing voter.
And for that reason time magazine is called him the most powerful judge.
In America we want to take a moment to learn a little bit more about him in his potential impact here on this ruling with a man who worked with Justice Kennedy at the Supreme Court.
It was -- Rosen -- is professor blonde now at Georgetown.
University so nick well the health care decision came down to Justice Kennedy.
I think it's very likely that it well he's so he really is at the center of the courts and when a decision is 54 he's almost always in the majority.
The I guess he is he doesn't.
-- have a as rigid.
Jurisprudence -- furious some of the others so he really has a very case by case approach.
And it makes him a bit harder to predict and it places and squarely in the center of the courts -- you worked with him so based on what you've heard from the way that -- asked questions about this case do you have.
Any idea on how he's gonna -- Well I think it's very hard to try to predict based on what happened at oral arguments but it's.
It is true that he seemed to be asking some very skeptical questions of the government of oral arguments so he did seem very concerns.
Health care law is on precedent do it in the individual mandate and I did seemed to have trouble Justice Kennedy at oral arguments.
Again I'm I'd hesitate to draw too much from that but he did seem concerned at oral argument.
Antagonizing the time magazine says some of the other locker today -- -- They were named said that he had a nickname called flipper because he would flip -- -- decisions and sometimes.
Andrew will go in thinking he's gonna decide one way and then when he actually gives his decision it's it's something entirely different.
Time magazine -- said this in I'm curious that you think about this is a law professor.
The role Kennedy plays on the Supreme Court raises an even larger question is -- something wrong.
And it democracy when one person hold so much sway over so many people -- you think about that next.
Well I don't think there's anything wrong without -- court is comprised of mind people and at any given point one of the -- will be in -- center for so it just so happens at this moment in history that person is Justice Kennedy.
The person in the center of the court is gonna wield a lot of power and it's.
That power is in service of figuring out what the US constitution means so he's not making a policy decision he's not deciding whether.
Obamacare is a good thing or not he's just reading the US constitution and telling us whether the laws consistent with you know -- such a mystery -- justices.
And I can -- -- -- don't get to really talk to them that much what was it like to work for.
You knew he was such a gracious and generous boss to work for it was -- of privilege and an honor to work with them some.
He's done you roll he relies on is clerks and he works with the -- and -- ideas around the clerks but ultimately use.
Very much makes his own decisions and it's the opinions are very much -- -- none.
He you know he's I think he's very aware that his -- the center of the court and these decisions really weigh on him and he takes his job very seriously so he's really trying to get it right.
And I have a perspective fresh today neck is really his ruling thank you for the time today.