Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, has passed away from complications related to pancreatic cancer, SCOTUS announced Friday.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, dictated to her granddaughter, Clara Spera, in the days leading up to her death.
The justice has repeatedly criticized US President Donald Trump publicly, including one instance in which she apologized for calling the then-Republican presidential nominee a “faker.”
“He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that,” Ginsburg told reporters in July 2016.
She later said her statements were “ill-advised” and that she does “regret making them.”
After graduating with an LL.B from Columbia Law School, the Brooklyn, New York, native devoted her youth to activism – specifically as it pertains to women’s rights – and was a catalyst for the launching of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1971.
Prior to her 1980 appointment as a judge in the Washington, DC, Court of Appeals, Ginsburg served as general counsel for the ACLU from 1973, as well as the organization’s National Board of Directors from 1974.
Ginsburg carried her foundational liberal ideology with her to the Supreme Court following her August 10, 1993 swearing-in ceremony.
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