Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court

Clay Curtis
September 24, 2020

"This scam that the Democrats are pulling - it's a scam - the scam will be before the United States Supreme Court". For this to happen, four Republican senators would have to vote against confirmation. Ginsburg voted regularly with John Paul Stevens and David H. Souter, nominees of Gerald R. Ford and Bush, respectively. She was urged by friends to resign while President Obama could pick her successor.

The answer lies in the way the US Supreme Court operates - with considerably more power than the comparable New Zealand institution, with the ability to strike down state and federal laws that clash with the constitution.

The Marquette poll found that 28 percent of respondents said that a majority of justices were definitely or probably appointed by Democratic presidents, while 72 percent say that a majority were definitely or probably appointed by Republican presidents. "[But] just in case it would be more political than it should be, I think it's very important to have a ninth justice".

Mr Trump has said he will nominate a new justice this week to take Ginsburg's seat.

When Ginsburg was nominated, she was compared to Marshall.

Their tenures on the court also had similarities. He was exhausted and in poor health when he chose to retire in 1991.

The Democrats and their supporters are piling the pressure on Republican senators, with record fundraising to contest senate elections. The most liberal justice had been succeeded by one who became its most reliable conservative.

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Among them: President Trump, who plans to visit Thursday, two days before he is expected to announce his nominee to replace Ginsburg on the bench.

"Our club is all about championing women and girls and trying to ensure every female has the opportunity she needs and deserves to succeed, in whatever that may be". She dissented when the court's conservatives struck down the laws limiting campaign spending by corporations and the wealthy and when they voided the key part of the Voting Rights Act that had long protected Blacks and Latinos in the South. As with other conventions in recent times, it looks like Donald Trump will toss the handbook out the window.

"There was just something about her".

In 1992, the year before Ginsburg arrived, Justices Antonin Scalia and Thomas issued angry dissents when the court fell one vote short of overturning Roe vs. Wade.

On Monday, he met at the White House with Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, who is considered a leading contender for the job. Likewise, a strongly conservative court may make further inroads into the already tattered precedents of the 1960s dealing with constitutional due process rights. Supreme Court appointments, which are to lifetime posts, require Senate confirmation. The court's balance stayed about the same.

Cruz said he was sad to see Democrats "embrace more and more unsafe and radical proposals, including trying to use brute political force to politicize the court", and pointed out that Ginsburg herself opposed expanding the Supreme Court only a year ago.

Republicans say that with their current control of the White House and the Senate, they have the right to fill the seat. With only two party defections, they appear to have the votes to do so, 51 to 49.

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