Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 – 2020)

I find Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 – 2020) extremely insightful and even funny at times, here are a few items in memory of Justice Ginsburg. (CNN, Guardian, BBC)

Updated: 20200923 Created: 20200918

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20200923, CNN, “More than 100 of Ginsburg’s former clerks will meet her casket at the Supreme Court steps today”

20200922, PBS NewsHour, LIVE Q&A: Marcia Coyle on the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what’s next for the Supreme Court

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20200918, PBS, “Remembering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dead at 87”

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20200920, WaPo, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, in her own words”

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2019, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: From Brooklyn to the Bench

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in this 2010 C-Span video (may be less known but insightful in a deep way), she read a speech that was originally to have been delivered by her late husband Marty who died of cancer. After the speech, she sat down and chat with Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (who happens to now sits on the HKCFA as an overseas non-permanent judge).

Incidentally, C-Span excerpted this segment from the fireside chat after the speech here in this YouTube video “Ginsburg on Cameras in the Court

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In 2017, I added this Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote to my long list of Quotes I Love,

A great man once said that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle. It is the pendulum. And when the pendulum swings too far in one direction, it will go back.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 – 2020) stated in a 2017 BBC interview (video) that US is “not experiencing the best of times”. Justice Ginsburg also used the idea in this quote in a 1999 forum (video) with UK Supreme Court Justice Baroness Hale of Richmond.

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2020, “Do You Have Any Regrets?” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Answers in 2019 | NPR

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Justice Ginsburg will forever be missed and she is now with Marty. Have a watch of this great C-Span video.

August 27, 2010 – Life in the Federal Judiciary

//Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed the 2010 Tenth Circuit Bench and Bar Conference. She read a speech that was originally to have been delivered by her late husband who died of cancer. Following the speech she spoke with Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin about similarities and differences between the U.S. and Canadian judicial systems.//

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2010 NPR Obit (with audio segment), “Martin Ginsburg’s Legacy: Love Of Justice (Ginsburg)

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2018 & 2020, Biography, “The Incredible Love Story of Ruth Bader and Marty Ginsburg The Supreme Court judge’s rise to the top was aided by a fellow brilliant legal mind and inseparable companion of more than 50 years.

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I deeply LOVE the friendship between Justices Ginsburg and Scalia.

2007, USA Today, “Ginsburg, Scalia strike a balance” (from internet archive)

//The friendship of Ginsburg and Scalia, unlike that of any other pair of justices in recent times, has intrigued — and mystified — observers for nearly three decades.

“They are totally different people,” says Washington lawyer Theodore Olson, who has joined their dinner in recent years and will again this year. “But they have a very comfortable relationship. They respect each other’s intellect. They both love music and opera.”

During Ginsburg’s confirmation hearings in 1993, senators asked about her bond with Scalia. Democrats seemed to fear that he might influence her.

Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., prefaced his questions by repeating a well-known story of the day: As President Clinton was considering various liberals for the court, one of Scalia’s law clerks asked him whether he would rather be stranded on a desert island with Harvard University law professor Lawrence Tribe or former New York governor Mario Cuomo.

Scalia responded, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

Kohl asked Ginsburg whether she similarly would like to be stranded with Scalia and, more important, whether she shared his views.

“I can say one thing about Justice Scalia,” Ginsburg replied. “He is one of the few people in the world who can make me laugh, and I appreciate him for that.”

As to whether liberal Ginsburg joined Scalia on the right: not at all. Neither did Scalia move left. They have stayed ideological opposites.

Abortion rights? She’s for. He’s against. School integration plans? She’s for. He’s against. Affirmative action on campus? She’s for. He’s against. Even on legal questions that do not make the front page of newspapers, they often are at odds.

Last term, she disagreed with Scalia 52% of the time in non-unanimous cases, according to SCOTUS blog, a website run by the Washington law firm Akin Gump that tracks such data. The only justice she disagreed with more was Clarence Thomas, 55% of the time. Ginsburg disagreed with fellow Clinton appointee Stephen Breyer 13% of the time in non-unanimous cases.

Beyond the law, Ginsburg and Scalia seek each other out.

“I have always enjoyed Nino,” Ginsburg said in an interview, echoing her comment at the hearing: “No matter how overworked and tired I feel, he can always say things that make me laugh. He can also say things I find provocative, even irritating.”

For his part, Scalia says he likes his colleague “because she is an intelligent woman and a nice woman and a considerate woman — all the qualities that you like in a person.”//

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