Choosing Supreme Court Justices is a fraught political process.
The justices will begin to hear cases again October 2.
The intrigue over whether the swing-voting justice will retire was extended yesterday when no announcement came from the court on its last public session of the current term.
The Supreme Court's newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, made his mark Monday in cases on President Trump's travel ban, California's gun law, lesbian parents and a religious school's use of taxpayer funds. He could still make the call at any time, but the last day was seen as the most likely time.
Kennedy had given no public sign that he would step down this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick.
But Kennedy turns 81 next month and has been on the court for almost 30 years. The Justice sparked the speculation by moving up by a year a reunion with his former clerks. They chose to allow a limited version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries take effect and to set the case for argument in the fall. In addition, Kennedy and his clerks gathered over the weekend for a reunion pushed up a year earlier than normal.
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He cited the court's decision Monday to order a new hearing during its next term on whether immigrants held for deportation proceedings are entitled to a bond hearing after being locked up for six months.
Gorsuch is Trump's recent nominee to the court, while Thomas was nominated by President Bush the elder and Alito by President Bush the younger.
The four cases showed Gorsuch to be "an unabashed defender of constitutionalism", said Curt Levey, president of the conservative Committee for Justice.
Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours after being cleared by courts.
Before the Supreme Court justices begin their long summer break, they're poised to act on the Trump administration's travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement the Friday before the Fourth of July after she'd left Washington.
But the departure of Kennedy - who has frequently joined court's majority in cases upholding religious freedom claims but who also authored the opinion striking down laws barring same-sex marriage - could dramatically impact the outcome.