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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead At 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away at 87 after a fight with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Friday’s development gives President Donald Trump the authority to name her replacement and Senate Republicans have already promised to do so before the election.

President Trump has already named Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh since his arrival in 2016. Those additions moved the court further right and Bader’s passing may bring that movement into sharp focus ahead of November’s election. Justice Ginsburg was the leader of the court’s four-member liberal wing and her passing could create a six to three Republican advantage in the Senate.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made a statement on Ginsburg’s behalf:

“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature, Roberts Jr. said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton with a track record of progressive views on abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care, and affirmative action. She would inherit the nickname “Notorious R.B.G” from her liberal audiences over the years.

Known as a women’s activist and is best known for her opinion she wrote in United States v. Virginia:

“The constitutional violation in this case is the categorical exclusion of women from an extraordinary educational opportunity afforded men,” she wrote in 1996.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg suffered from five different bouts with cancer, with her final fight beginning in early 2020. She leaves behind two children.

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  1. 4-3 now, Gary, with Chief Justice John Roberts being a sHaKy coin flip right or left…so really still 4-4.
    He concussed himself back in June after a few martinis at his posh country club in VA.
    He thought he’d try the club’s “Thunderdome” skate park out back and borrowed a board from the busboy. Bad decision. So he has the SCOTUS big screen TV set to Bugs Bunny cartoons…which is making folks nervous.

  2. Thank you, Gary. You need to teach Journalism 101 in every university in the country. I just read this article twice, and I still don’t know your politics. I have enjoyed your sports columns thus far, but you have truly won my respect as a writer with this one.

  3. I don’t believe for a second she said that on her death bed fake news but she did make public derogatory comments about our President there is a certain decorum that goes with that job don’t remember any justice commenting on the previous administration . Now i do wish condolences to her family she has suffered a lot the last few years which i would not wish on anyone may she RIP

    • Amen, Anton…people shouldn’t let the sweet ol’ grandma look fool you for a NY second…she was RUTH-less actually, as you rightly point out.
      She said she “couldn’t imagine what the US would be like with Trump as president” in early 2016.
      Madame Justice (bwahahaha)…it’s a DAMN SIGHT BETTER than when you got here!!!

  4. May God rest her soul. Cancer IS a bitch, been down that road (and still travelling). My wish is that the POTUS says kind things about her, waits a week or two for respect and decorum, then names his choice for her replacement. Then get the popcorn ready.

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