by Sharon Rondeau

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, public domain

(Sep. 18, 2020) — U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Friday evening from pancreatic cancer, Bloomberg and other outlets reported, citing a statement issued by the court.

Nominated by then-President William Jefferson Clinton, the 87-year-old Ginsburg served on the high court for 27 years, persevering through a number of health challenges as the second female Supreme Court associate justice.

According to NPR, as her health failed for the final time, Ginsburg “dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: ‘My most fervent wish is that i I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.'”

The U.S. Constitution assigns the nomination of federal justices to the president.  In 2016, Ginsburg made no secret of the fact that she was not a supporter of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

On September 9, the Trump campaign released a list of those he would consider nominating to the high court if an opening were to occur.

Born Joan Ruth Bader, as an about-to-be new college graduate, Ginsburg married Martin D. Ginsburg, with whom she had two children.  Martin Ginsburg passed away from cancer in 2010.  She was a grandmother of four and died at home, the Court statement said.

Her Wikipedia biography states, “Ginsburg spent a considerable part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights, winning multiple arguments before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsels in the 1970s.”

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  1. That proved she was not a person of her word, had no integrity and was wrong for the court when Clinton appointed her. She made that statement about President Donald J. Trump, he was in fact elected and she never retired and left the USA. She should have been ashamed of herself! .

  2. I lost all respect of Justice Ginsburg in 2016 when she made the public comment she would retire and leave the USA in Donald Trump was elected president. For a Supreme Court Justice to make such a comment is an absolute no no. It is a harsh violation of its code of ethics.