Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate professor of the Supreme Court of the United States, died at home in Washington DC on Friday. She was 87.
The cause of death was complications of metastatic cancer of the pancreas, the Supreme Court said.
US President Trump was informed of Ginsburg’s death by journalists after a campaign rally in Minnesota. In brief remarks to reporters before boarding Air Force One after the Minnesota rally, Trump said: “She just died? Wow … She lived an amazing life. What more can you say? She was a wonderful woman, whether you agreed or not, she was a wonderful woman who lived a wonderful life. I’m actually sad to hear that. I’m sad to hear that. ”
Apple CEO Tim Cook praised Ginsburg via Twitter:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her life in pursuit of an equal world. She fought for the unheard of, and through the decisions she changed the course of American history. We can never repay what she has given us, but we can all respect her legacy by working for true equality, together. – Apple CEO Tim Cook
Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her life in pursuit of an equal world. She fought for the unheard of, and through the decisions she changed the course of American history. We can never repay what she has given us, but we can all respect her legacy by working for true equality, together. pic.twitter.com/lh6bioRuED
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 19, 2020
Supreme Court of the United States issued the following statement:
Attorney Ruth Bader Ginsburg died tonight surrounded by her family back home in Washington, DC, due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman to be appointed to the court and sat for 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 growth. We in the Supreme Court have lost a dear 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, on March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954. She received her BA from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as an associate attorney for Rev. Edmund L. Palmieri, a 1959-1961 Southern District District Judge for the District of New York. From 1961–1963, she was a research assistant and then assistant director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she co-launched the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, serving as the ACLU’s General Counselor from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She was appointed a judge by the U.S. District Court of Columbia Circuit in 1980. During her more than 40 years as a judge and magistrate, she was served by 159 attorneys.
While on the court, the judge wrote “My Own Words” (2016), a collection of her speeches and writings.
A private service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement about the passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of justice to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the end of her extraordinary American life.
Justice Ginsburg overcame one personal challenge and the professional barrier after another. She climbed from a humble Brooklyn upbringing to a seat on the nation’s highest court and onto the pages of American history. Justice Ginsburg was thoroughly devoted to the legal profession and to her 27 years of service in the Supreme Court. Her intelligence and determination earned her respect and admiration throughout the legal world, and indeed throughout the nation, which now mourns with family, friends and colleagues.
In the last by-election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, the Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we promised to control and balance the last days of a lame duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed the opposite of the President of the Supreme Court nominated in a presidential election year.
In contrast, the Americans elected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we promised to work with President Trump and support his agenda, especially his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.
President Trump’s candidate will receive a vote on the floor in the US Senate.
MacDailyNews Take: RIP, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.