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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: 2) by ChrisMaple on Monday September 21 2020, @03:02AM (1 child)

    by ChrisMaple (6964) on Monday September 21 2020, @03:02AM (#1054203)

    The Supreme Court is supposed to reflect the people


    The Supreme Court is supposed to accurately judge the meaning and application of law, and perform a few other Constitutional duties. Their physical characteristics are completely irrelevant to their proper job, and choosing them by their physical characteristics or group membership is a perversion.

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  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Monday September 21 2020, @09:05PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Monday September 21 2020, @09:05PM (#1054624)


    All throughout the Court's centuries-long history, decisions have been rendered which have differed greatly by the political persuasion of the Justices, as well as the times they lived in. Law isn't computer code; it isn't perfectly logical, no matter how much humans try to make it so. There's also a difference between the "letter" and the "spirit" of the law, and how to interpret that difference and rule between them has differed greatly between judges throughout the country's history.

    Just as the Justices' opinions and views have changed over the decades and centuries, so have the People's, and the Justices' views are supposed to change with them (slowly, which is why a long feedback loop was inserted in the mechanism by which the Justices are selected).

    Anyway, who said anything about physical characteristics? Sounds like you have some kind of axe to grind.