The emphasis of the 86-year-old "Notorious RBG" is on the here-and-now, not the proverbial "long game" played by some colleagues like Chief Justice John Roberts taking incremental steps toward major decisions and ideological battles
At her age, she assesses that each year: "I was OK this last term, I expect to be OK next term and after that we'll just have to see." Earlier this session, Ginsburg was missed for the first time in her tenure, two weeks of oral arguments as she recovered from cancer surgery.
Ginsburg is also plainly laying groundwork for what's next on the liberal wing. closely watched cases this session she assigned younger colleagues to speak for the left. Her earlier pattern as the senior liberal, since 201
Ginsburg's in-this-moment approach and continued tenure on the nation's highest court matter. If she was to retire, President Donald Trump could have a chance to name a third conservative lawyer. And Trump would not be a conservative conservative for conservatives, as he did in 2017 and 2018, but a conservative for a liberal icon. The result would be more heavily tilt the bench to the right, affecting dilemmas from women's reproductive rights to government's regulatory power
Less likely to compromise
Overall, Ginsburg has become more entrenched on the left and more unequivocal in her opinions. Separating herself from Kagan, age 59, and Breyer, 80, Ginsburg is unlikely to compromise with any of the five conservatives on this tightly divided court
Ginsburg took the rare, dramatic step of reading the portions of her statement from the court's mahogany bench.
"The Latin cross is the foremost symbol of the Christian faith, embodying the central theological claim of Christianity: that the son of God died on the cross, that he rose from the dead, and that his death and resurrection offer the possibility of eternal life, "Ginsburg declared in the case of American Legion v. American Humanist Association, allowing the mammoth 1925 Bladensburg Peace Cross to stay in place.
Ginsburg earlier in the year wrote in an Indian abortion dispute, as colleagues compromised to resolve a couple of state appeals without oral arguments. She highlighted the bigger constitutional issue, as the majority of them reinstated an Indiana law that required the abortion providers to dispose of fetuses in the same way as human remains, either with burial or cremation
Ginsburg's public conversation with a Duke law professor Wednesday night was one of several appearances she had made in recent weeks, along with a mid-June Broadway jaunt and a mid-July trip to Lisbon, Portugal
When Ginsburg told the audience of about 200 at the event sponsored by the Duke University law school that Stevens had said, "Stay longer," people burst into applause
Three-time cancer survivor over 26 years
Ginsburg, a former women's rights lawyer who argued six groundbreaking cases before her early her reputation as a supporter of women's rights on the bench.
She became the leader of the left wing when Stevens retired in 2010. Under the court tradition, most senior justice in majority assigns the opinion to the court and the
During her tenure, Ginsburg has also survived three serious bouts with cancer. Last November, after she cracked three ribs, doctors discovered cancerous nodules from her lungs, which were successfully removed.
Ginsburg returned to the bench in late February and soon after he delivered a unanimous decision finding that the Constitution's protection against excessive fines covers state and municipal actions to seize property used in committing crimes. Such a "civil forfeiture" has often been grossly disproportionate to the defendant's sentence.
In courtroom setting, Ginsburg has seemed determined not to flag. In June, after returning from a New York trip with a serious case of laryngitis, she insisted on reading lengthy excerpts from an opinion for the majority in a Virginia racial gerrymander dispute.
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