United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of complications of pancreatic cancer on Friday,She was 87.
Ginsburg, a feminist icon, was only the second woman justice of the US Supreme Court. Ginsburg had been undergoing chemotherapy for lesions on her liver since July, the last of her several battles with cancer.
Chief Justice John Roberts was among those who mourned Ginsburg’s death.
Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Ginsburg had, as a lawyer, argued five cases before the court in the 1970s when she was an architect of the women’s rights movement, and won five. As a judge, her most important majority opinions were a 1996 ruling that ordered the Virginia Military Institute to accept women or give up its state funding, and the 2015 decision that upheld independent commissions some states use to draw congressional districts.
Ginsberg’s death makes it possible for President Donald Trump to fill a third vacancy on the court and cement its conservative majority. The Trump administration has lost a series of cases in the last four years by a margin of 5 to 4, with Roberts throwing his weight behind the liberal justices. This is true even though Trump has himself appointed two judges to the top court.
Ginsburg’s death just six weeks before the US presidential elections is likely to begin a debate about whether Trump should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm, her replacement, or the seat should remain vacant until the election results are in.
issued by her granddaughter Clara Spera.
Ginsburg had caused a controversy by attacking presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign, leading to the observation that judges should not get involved in partisan politics. She had later apologised.
( As reported By Scroll)