Swing Low, Sweet Kennedy

October 26th, 2015

In remarks at Harvard Law School, Justice Kennedy insists that he isn’t a swing vote.

Kennedy, LL.B. ’61, whose views on the court reflect a preoccupation with liberty and dignity, has often been described as the high court’s swing vote on major issues. But during his talk with Minow, he said he hated to be depicted that way.

Cases swing. I don’t,” he quipped, as the room erupted in laughter.

And whose vote swings the cases?