Justice Ruth Bader Gisnburg is dead at the age of 87, the Supreme Court announced on Friday, which added that she died of “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.”
The court said in a statement:
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87 years old. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years. She is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels), four grandchildren: Paul Spera (Francesca Toich), Clara Spera (Rory Boyd), Miranda Ginsburg, Abigail Ginsburg, two step-grandchildren: Harjinder Bedi, Satinder Bedi, and one great-grandchild: Lucrezia Spera. Her husband, Martin David Ginsburg, died in 2010.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said of Justice Ginsburg: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. 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.”
Justice Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15,1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959-1961. From 1961-1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963-1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972-1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977-1978. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973-1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974-1980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. During her more than 40 years as a Judge and a Justice, she was served by 159 law clerks.
While on the Court, the Justice authored My Own Words (2016), a compilation of her speeches and writings.
A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
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As a reminder to our regular readers, President Trump unveiled his list of potential Supreme Court picks less than two weeks ago:
- Bridget Bade, a judge on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Daniel Cameron, the attorney general of Kentucky
- Paul Clement, former solicitor general of the United States
- Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
- Stuart Kyle Duncan, a judge on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Stephen Engel, assistant attorney general for the office of legal counsel in the Trump administration
- Noel Francisco, former solicitor general of the United States
- Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)
- James Ho, a judge on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Gregory Katsas, a judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Barbara Lagoa, a judge on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Christopher Landau, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
- Carlos Muniz, a justice on the Florida Supreme Court
- Martha Pacold, a judge on the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Peter Phipps, a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
- Sarah Pitlyk, a judge on the District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- Alison Jones Rushing, a judge on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Kate Todd, a deputy assistant a deputy counsel to the president
- Lawrence VanDyke, a judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
“Every one of these individuals will ensure equal justice, equal treatment, and equal rights for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed,” Trump promised.
“Together we will defend our righteous heritage and preserve our magnificent American way of life.”
The most serious nominee, however, is believed to be Judge Amy Coney Barrett – who Trump nominated to the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.