Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died today at age 87. According to a statement from the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg died at her Washington D.C. home due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.
Ginsburg served more than 27 years on the court. President Bill Clinton appointed her back in 1993. She was the second woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice..
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.”
Born in Brooklyn, she attended Cornell University, Havard Law School, and Columbia Law School. Ginsburg was a professor of law at Rutgers and Columbia and helped launch the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980.
Ginsburg was a staunch liberal and a pop culture icon. Ginsburg battled colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. Last May she announced that the cancer had returned but said she had no plan to retire.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin David Ginsburg in 2010.
Ginsburg Did Not Want Trump To Pick Her Replacement
She is survived by her two children: Jane Carol Ginsburg (George Spera) and James Steven Ginsburg (Patrice Michaels). She had four grandchildren: Paul Spera (Francesca Toich), Clara Spera (Rory Boyd), Miranda Ginsburg, and Abigail Ginsburg. Two step-grandchildren: Harjinder Bedi and Satinder Bedi also survive and one great-grandchild: Lucrezia Spera.
Days before her death Ginsburg dictated a message to granddaughter Clara Spera saying, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Back in 2016, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel refused to consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee until after the election.
‘Nation Mourns Titan Of Law’
President Donald Trump had kind words for Ruth Bader Ginsburg when he learned she had died.
“Today, our Nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served more than 27 years as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States—notably just the second woman to be appointed to the Court. She was a loving wife to her late husband, Martin, and a dedicated mother to her two children.
Renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that one can disagree without being disagreeable toward one’s colleagues or different points of view. Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds.
A fighter to the end, Justice Ginsburg battled cancer, and other very long odds, throughout her remarkable life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ginsburg family and their loved ones during this difficult time. May her memory be a great and magnificent blessing to the world.”
The president also announced he intends to appoint a woman to replace the late justice.