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Judges of the Supreme court to thank the outgoing Kennedy: “a rousing Bravo’

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Judges of the Supreme Court on Wednesday thanked justice Anthony Kennedy for his service, as he announced his resignation from the nation’s highest court.

Kennedy, 81, said the White house in a letter to his “deep gratitude” for it served for 30 years. He stated his intention to step down as senior associate justice, with effect from 31. July.

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Following word of his resignation, Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts labeled Kennedy a “Person inquestioned independence and integrity,” exercised his legal wisdom, not only in Washington, DC, but “around the world through teaching, lectures, and discussions focused on the rule of law and the necessity of civic engagement.”

Anthony Kennedy, left, takes the constitutional oath as the Supreme court, of Chief Justice William Rehnquist at a White house ceremony in Washington on Feb. 18, 1988. Holds the Bible, Kennedy’s wife, Mary Kennedy.

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Judge Clarence Thomas, who served alongside Kennedy for more than 25 years, said Kennedy “was, without exception, civil and friendly in all his interactions with each of his colleagues. Even during the most difficult and challenging times, he kind of had each and every one of us by his example.”

Thomas added that the outgoing justice is a “good man who will be remembered, not only for a long and productive career on the bench, but also for the way he conducted himself.”

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Kennedy, with justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, “is a true gentleman, a caring lawyer, and a grand fellow in all respects.” Ginsberg said that she was going to miss it, to visit Kennedy and his suggestions, opinions and “recommendations of art exhibitions, with my firm-employees, and much more.”

“He said to a rousing Bravo,” Ginsburg, “for the good that he has done for 43 years, he has served as a member of the Federal judiciary.”

“A judge, a Grand vision”, the “thoughtful and careful in his decisions” were the words of justice Stephen Breyer, the to Kennedy. He added that it is a “great joy” for the Supreme court to be able to work with him.

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Kennedy’s “legacy of lasting importance,” justice Elena Kagan said. “The court and the country miss will, his wisdom, his independence and integrity, his love for freedom and commitment to the personal dignity.”

“He was the best colleague you can imagine,” she added.

To collect the judges of the Supreme court of the United States for an official group photo on June 1, 2017, the new Associate Justice of Neil from gorsuch, top row, far right on the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated, from left are, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Standing, from left are Associate justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice of Neil from gorsuch.

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The outgoing justice is known to “one of the most thoughtful colleagues,” justice Sonia Sotomayor ever, according to your statement. “There is no denying that he has a monumental effect on the law,” the justice added, noting that she would feel “he will continue to be a roaring lion, even as he takes senior status.”

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Neil from gorsuch, the youngest justice to take a seat on the bench after President Trump’s appointment with him and Kennedy the previous case law, clark wrote that Kennedy’s “respect for each person and each case, it is a great man and a great judge.”

“It was an unexpected joy to serve this year as his colleague,” from gorsuch said, and added that Kennedy “is a model of courtesy, judicial temperament and experience.”

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The former justice John Paul Stevens, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, said he and Kennedy remained close friends since he left, and he admire “continue[s] to [Kennedy], the independence, the quality of his work in the justice, and his devotion to the task of the court.”

Kennedy was nominated for the Supreme court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and was sworn-in the following year. While often voting with the court, the conservative Block, he has a decisive swing vote in a number of cases, and occasionally sided with the court’s liberal wing, particularly on issues like gay rights and abortion.

To his retirement, was rumored in the last few years, with several of his former employees said they thought he was considering his resignation.

Fox News’ Bill Mears and Shannon contributed Bream to this report.

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