Recent Passing of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leads to Contested U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy
Posted Sep 23, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and a feminist standard-bearer, died of metastatic pancreatic cancer on September 18, 2020. Nominated by President Bill Clinton and appointed to the Court in 1993, Ginsburg wrote some of the Supreme Court’s most notable opinions on gender discrimination. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said of Justice Ginsburg: "Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice." Her passing provides President Donald Trump with the opportunity to nominate a third conservative justice to the Court, and leads lawmakers to revisit the argument about seeking confirmation of a new Justice with about six weeks until the 2020 presidential election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on a Trump nominee before the end of the year, but reports suggest it is unclear if there will be enough votes to confirm a new justice by then. See Politico, New York Times.