Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies Aged 87, Leaving Possible Battle for US Supreme Court Position

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Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham, who would preside over confirmation hearings for her successor to the court, called Ginsburg a “trailblazer with an immense passion for her causes.”

Many luminaries have paid tribute to Ginsburg, including former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

Trump, who as a presidential candidate in 2016 called on Ginsburg to step down after criticizing him in media interviews, will have the opportunity to reshape the court like no other president since Ronald Reagan, who has made three appointments during his eight years in 1980, moving the court to the right.

United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September 2017. Photo de Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images / File

Trump and McConnell have made shifting the federal justice system to the right a top priority. Another Trump appointment would give the Supreme Court a 6-3 Conservative majority, meaning that for the Liberal judges to win in any case, they would have to have two of the Conservatives join them.

Some liberal activists had urged Ginsburg to resign early in Obama’s second term to allow her to appoint a younger liberal to replace her, who could serve decades on the court.

Even with a conservative majority in court, Trump declared himself the loser of several key decisions in June and July 2020, including decisions rejecting his claim for absolute presidential immunity from criminal investigations. With Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts playing a key role, the court also condemned Trump for expanding LGBT rights, overturning restrictive abortion law in Louisiana and preventing him from canceling an immigration program created by Obama .

During the 2016 campaign, Trump vowed to appoint judges who would overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

Recent Supreme Court confirmations took at least two months from the day the appointment was announced.

A private burial service for Ginsburg will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, the court said, but did not specify a date.

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