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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:49 pm    Post subject: Another Supreme Court Vacancy looming ? Reply with quote

( liberals worst fears for the supreme court seem to be coming true , one of the remaining liberal justices has just fractured multiple ribs and in hospital . at 85 its clear she needs to retire for her health or will most likely die in office .

with a republican president and republican senate there is little the liberals can do to prevent Trump from filling this seat before 2020 if she retires or passes away )

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractures 3 ribs in fall

Kathleen Joyce By Kathleen Joyce | Fox News

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractures 3 ribs in fall

Supreme Court Justice hospitalized after a fall at her office in Washington.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday after fracturing three ribs on her left side in a fall at her office a day earlier, the court said in a news release.

Ginsburg, 85, initially went home after the accident, which occurred in her Supreme Court office. But she later reported experiencing some discomfort, and was admitted to George Washington University Hospital "for observation and treatment."

Ginsburg has survived a series of health scares. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012, has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. Despite the issues, Ginsburg has yet to miss a single day of oral arguments during her tenure, The Washington Post reported.

The liberal justice, who studied at Harvard Law School, was nominated to the highest court in the land by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 to replace retiring Justice Byron R. White. Ginsburg was Clinton's first Supreme Court pick. Prior to ascending to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg became the first woman to receive tenure at Columbia University Law School. She is also notably the co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project.

Ginsburg is the court's oldest member and there's been a great deal of speculation on when she may retire. However, she reportedly hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to leave soon.

In the past decade, Ginsburg has transformed into something of a liberal icon, earning the nickname "The Notorious RBG" and appearing on late night television shows including the "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert, where she showed off her workout routine.

The justice married Marty Ginsburg in 1954 and the couple attended Harvard Law School together. The pair met on a blind date when she was 17 years old. Marty died from cancer in 2010, at age 78.

In Ginsburg's absence, the court was proceeding Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month. President Trump and new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker were in attendance.


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court judge fractures ribs in fall

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Ms Ginsburg has been admitted to hospital

US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has fractured three ribs in a fall on Wednesday, the court says.

The fall happened in her office at the Supreme Court in Washington.

Ms Ginsburg, 85, went home but was in discomfort and went to George Washington University hospital on Thursday morning, a statement said.

Tests showed that she had fractured three ribs on her left side and she has been admitted for observation and treatment.

It meant that Ms Ginsburg - the most senior justice on the court's liberal wing - was not present for Thursday's investiture of Brett Kavanaugh, whose appointment led to protests following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The appointment, confirmed last month by the Senate, restores the nine-member court's conservative majority. The court has the final say on issues such as abortion, gun control and voting rules.

President Donald Trump, who nominated Mr Kavanaugh and described the claims against him as a "hoax", attended his investiture.

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Prospect of head-spinning change

By Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America Reporter

Many on the left have quipped that Ms Ginsburg, the liberal lioness of the Supreme Court, should be encased in bubble-wrap to ensure she remains safe and healthy until the end of Donald Trump's term. The next time they say that, they may not be joking.

The justice's recent fall has once again sparked concerns for her health and worries about the prospect that the Supreme Court could tilt even further to the right.

When Mr Trump replaced the ultra-conservative Antonin Scalia with Neil Gorsuch, there was no ideological change. But swapping right-leaning moderate Anthony Kennedy with Brett Kavanaugh shifted the court to the right in varying degrees based on the issue.

If the president has the opportunity to fill Ms Ginsburg's seat because she resigns or dies, the change would be a nightmare scenario for Democrats.

Just two days after the mid-term elections, the significance of Republicans maintaining control of the Senate - which confirms presidential nominees - has been put in stark relief. For many conservative voters, another opportunity to shape the Supreme Court was a big part of what the mid-term election fight was all about.

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Who is the 'Notorious RBG'?

Ms Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She had previously focused her work on women's rights and started the first law journal dedicated to the topic.

Ms Ginsburg has survived cancer and in 2012 cracked two ribs in a fall at her home.

Some of her legal opinions, coupled with her refusal to step down during the Obama era, have seen her gain popularity in some quarters and earned her the nickname Notorious RBG.

She is the subject of both a recent documentary, RBG, and a forthcoming feature film, On the Basis of Sex, in which she is played by actress Felicity Jones. The feature film is about a landmark Supreme Court case in which Ms Ginsburg argued for fathers' rights and against gender discrimination.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no way she resigns with a Republican in the White House;
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