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posted by takyon on Saturday September 19 2020, @12:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the september-surprise dept.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Champion Of Gender Equality, Dies At 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.

The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her home in Washington surrounded by family. She was 87.

"Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts 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 tired and resolute champion of justice."

Architect of the legal fight for women's rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the nation's highest court, becoming its most prominent member. Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by helel on Saturday September 19 2020, @05:07AM (2 children)

    by helel (2949) on Saturday September 19 2020, @05:07AM (#1053272)

    Well, Fox tells me that it's far to late in Trumps term to let him nominate a justice. The People must have a voice in choosing next Supreme Court Justice [].

    Mitch McConnell's still in control of the Senate and he's made his stance on this kind of thing very clear when he said "The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice, Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President."

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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by fustakrakich on Saturday September 19 2020, @02:28PM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Saturday September 19 2020, @02:28PM (#1053485) Journal

    McConnell hardly cares about "hypocrisy". And it's silly to dwell on it now. If he can, they will have a new judge before the weekend is over, and we just have to wait until November to see what comes of it.

    La politica e i criminali sono la stessa cosa..
  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Sumtingwong on Sunday September 20 2020, @01:55AM

    by Sumtingwong (3592) on Sunday September 20 2020, @01:55AM (#1053777)

    I thought the president was elected for four years. Huh.

    Things are more like they are today than they ever were before.