She passed away just as Rosh Hashanah was beginning. SCOTUS says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born Joan Ruth Bader, March 15, 1933, was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993, and had served since August 10, 1993.
Ginsburg became the second of four female justices to be confirmed to the Court after Sandra Day O'Connor, the two others being Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both of whom are still serving in 2020. Following O'Connor's retirement in 2006 and until Sotomayor joined the Court in 2009, she was the only female justice on the Supreme Court. During that time, Ginsburg became more forceful with her dissents, which were noted by legal observers and in popular culture. She is generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg has authored notable majority opinions, including the United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), and Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000).
Before her death RBG said “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,”
SCOTUS faces a legitimacy crisis as POTUS and US Senate Republicans, who both represent a minority of Americans, are in a position to solidify their control of a third branch of government.