Ruth Bader Ginzburg, a U.S. Supreme Court judge, died of cancer. This is reported in a statement of the Supreme Court.
87-year-old Ginzburg died of complications of pancreatic cancer in her home in Washington, DC, surrounded by her family.
Ginzburg was born in New York in 1933. She received her education at Cornell, Harvard, and Columbia Universities. As an attorney, she has long specialized in defending women’s rights in courts at various levels and has won a number of laws guaranteeing protection against sexual discrimination.
In 1980, she began her career as a judge in the District Court of the Federal District of Columbia. Ginzburg was appointed as a judge of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She became the second female Supreme Court judge in U.S. history. For a decade, she was the leader of the liberal faction of the Supreme Court. In recent years, Ginzburg has become a cult figure in the United States.
A statement by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said: “We in the Supreme Court have lost a favorite colleague. We grieve today, but we are confident that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginzburg as we knew her as a tireless and determined advocate of justice.
The death of Ginzburg will allow President Donald Trump to replace her with a conservative judge, which can ensure the long-term dominance of conservatives in the highest judicial body of the United States: in this case, conservatives will have six votes, and Liberals will have three.
Supreme Court judges serve for life and play an enormous role in shaping U.S. law. In particular, in 1973 the Supreme Court legalized women’s right to abortion, and in 2015 it legalized same-sex marriages.
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters that Ginsburg was “an amazing woman who lived an amazing life.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush said in a statement, “She has dedicated many years to the fight for justice and equality. And she has inspired generations of women and girls. Judge Ginzburg loved our country and the law.
A statement by U.S. ex-President Jimmy Carter, in particular, said: “A mighty legal mind and a strong gender rights advocate, she was a beacon of justice during her long and distinguished career.
The leader of the U.S. Senate Legal Committee, Republican Lindsay Graham wrote on Twitter: “It was with great bitterness that I learned of the departure of Judge Ginsburg. (…) She served with dignity and honesty in the Supreme Court”.
U.S. Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Sumer tweeted that a seat in the Supreme Court vacated after Ginzburg’s death could not be occupied “until we have a new president.
Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, circulated a statement indicating that the Senate would put to a vote the candidacy of the Supreme Court judge proposed by President Trump.
In Washington, people gather outside the Supreme Court building to lay flowers and light candles in memory of Judge Ruth Ginzburg.