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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Self Description

December 2005: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat August 10, 1993."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2013: 'Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg summarized her dissent from the bench, an unusual move and a sign of deep disagreement. She cited the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and said his legacy and the nation’s commitment to justice had been “disserved by today’s decision.”'

June 2011: "Justice Stephen G. Breyer has attended Renaissance Weekend, a retreat for politicians, artists and media personalities that is a favorite of Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participated in a symposium sponsored by the National Organization for Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, and a philanthropic foundation once tried to give her a $100,000 achievement award. She instructed that the money be given to charity."

December 2010: 'Justice Stephen Breyer observes that Congress carefully balanced the interests of discouraging illegal workers and protecting minorities. And then "Arizona comes along and says: 'I'll tell you what: If you discriminate, you know what happens to you? Nothing. But if you hire an illegal immigrant, your business is dead.'" O'Grady runs into some more trouble with the court's liberals because the Arizona law requires employers to use a federal system called E-Verify to check employee immigration status, but the system was intended by the feds to be voluntary and is prone to frequent errors. Breyer points out that an employer using the system would end up firing perfectly legal workers while Ginsburg protests that "this is a federal resource, and the federal government has said, 'We want this to be voluntary.' How can Arizona set the rules on a federal resource?"'

June 2010: "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who wrote the majority decisions in both the Skilling and Black cases, said the law must be limited to the offenses of bribes and kickbacks. She was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices John Paul Stevens, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Sonia Sotomayor."

June 2010: "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the majority, said it was constitutionally permissible for public institutions of higher education to require recognized student groups to accept all students who wished to participate in them."

July 2009: 'But something much deeper and broader was going on in the [Iqbal--Ed.] decision, something that may unsettle how civil litigation is conducted in the United States. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who dissented from the decision, told a group of federal judges last month that the ruling was both important and dangerous. “In my view,” Justice Ginsburg said, “the court’s majority messed up the federal rules” governing civil litigation.'

June 2009: "The court's virtual unanimity was in contrast to the intense oral argument that seemed to exasperate the court's only female member, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She later said her male colleagues seemed not to appreciate the trauma such a search would have on a developing adolescent."

June 2009: 'Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, reading a dissenting statement from the bench, said the majority had undermined a crucial civil rights law. “Congress endeavored to promote equal opportunity in fact, and not simply in form,” she said. “The damage today’s decision does to that objective is untold.”'

April 2009: 'Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dissenting, wrote that “there is no way to hide the long shadow the First Amendment casts over what the commission has done.” Justice Ginsburg added, “Today’s decision does nothing to diminish that shadow.”'

May 2009: 'In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that Shell was “well aware” that its deliveries “directly and routinely” resulted in spills and leaks for more than 20 years. She added that she would have placed the cleanup costs on a company “whose activities contributed to the contamination rather than on the taxpaying public.”'

November 2008: 'That was one of several First Amendment arguments that made cameo appearances during the high court session. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the First Amendment issue was "the big elephant in the room" because the 2nd Circuit had said that even if the FCC's policy change had been made according to administrative law requirements, there were grave doubts about its constitutionality.'

June 2008: "Justice David H. Souter, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, agreed with Scalia's historical analysis but said prosecutors could introduce evidence that defendants had engaged in a pattern of domestic violence as a substitute for their intent, perhaps opening the door to a finding that the alleged abuser had forfeited his right to confront a missing witness."

June 2008: 'For instance, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg observed, “On the government’s theory, anyone who transports hidden money to get it out of the country, who drives the car, just the driver, is a money- launderer.”'

May 2008: "Justices David H. Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented, with Justice Souter writing that promoting images that are not real children engaging in pornography still could be prosecuted under the law at issue."

April 2008: 'In her dissenting opinion, Ginsburg said she "would not dispose of the case so swiftly given the character of the risk at stake." She wrote that Kentucky's lethal injection protocol "lacks basic safeguards used by other states to confirm that an inmate is unconscious before injection of the second and third drugs." She said she favored sending the case back to Kentucky with instructions to consider whether the omission of those safeguards "poses an untoward, readily avoidable risk of inflicting severe and unnecessary pain."'

March 2008: 'The federal government and 19 states have joined Indiana in urging the court to find that government should be able to set a higher standard for whether a defendant may represent himself than simply whether he has been judged competent to stand trial....Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read from some of Edwards's writings to the Indiana court -- "gibberish," she called them -- and suggested "you could say when it gets to that level, you don't have to wait to see how it's going to play out."'

February 2008: 'The Supreme Court yesterday protected the makers of medical devices that have passed the most rigorous federal review standards from lawsuits by consumers who allege that the devices caused them harm....Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the lone dissenter. Congress did not intend the preemption clause, Ginsburg wrote, "to effect a radical curtailment of state common-law suits seeking compensation for injuries caused by defectively designed or labeled medical devices."'

February 2008: 'And Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg observed, “On the government’s theory, anyone who transports hidden money to get it out of the country, who drives the car, just the driver, is a money launderer.”'

February 2008: 'Added Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Wouldn't it be odd to take these twin measures" -- the one decided in Sullivan and the other relied upon by Humphries -- "and say one includes retaliation and the other doesn't?"'

February 2008: 'Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the court may have found an implied right to sue for retaliation in another case involving discrimination. Retaliation, Ginsburg said, "goes hand in hand with discrimination.'''

October 2007: Justice Stevens said he hoped a majority of the court would “eventually endorse” his thinking. But only Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined his statement.

September 2007: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg blasted the majority's 'parsimonious' reading of the law in her dissent, part of which she read from the bench. She accused the court of ignoring the real world, where a worker would not know within 180 days whether the raise she received was smaller than that of fellow workers and thus would have no way to challenge any suspected discrimination.

August 2007: Two months later, lawyers were arguing Padilla's case before the US Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wanted to know if there was any check on the powers being claimed by the executive branch to collect intelligence through coercive interrogations. 'Suppose the executive says, 'Mild torture, we think, will help get this information'?' she asked. 'Some systems do that to get information.'

May 2007: The decision moved Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to read a dissent from the bench, a usually rare practice that she has now employed twice in the past six weeks to criticize the majority for opinions that she said undermine women's rights.

April 2007: In a dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg blasted the majority for using 'flimsy and transparent justifications' to uphold the ['partial birth abortion'] ban.

December 2005: In 1973, Justice Harry Blackmun extracted a constitutional right to an abortion from penumbras and emanations...and the tautology of the Ninth Amendment: that rights not surrendered are preserved. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a star graduate of the American Civil Liberties Union, has voiced doubts about Roe's reasoning.

October 2005: But religion was clearly on the minds of some Miers supporters yesterday. Television evangelist Pat Robertson warned Republican senators not to vote against Miers, noting that most of them had voted for Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- whom Robertson described as a former American Civil Liberties Union lawyer -- when she was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993. 'Now they're going to turn against a Christian who is a conservative picked by a conservative president and they're going to vote against her for confirmation?' he asked on his show. 'Not on your sweet life if they want to stay in office.'

April 2005: Several justices, most prominently Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, favor drawing on such sources for nonbinding input, arguing that it improves the court's decisions and helps foreign courts establish their own legitimacy. Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia oppose the use of foreign law, arguing that the Supreme Court is competent only to rule on the U.S. Constitution and statutes.


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Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Organization Nov 13, 2005
Financial Recipient from (past or present) Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) Organization Dec 21, 2005
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Student/Trainee (past or present) Columbia University Organization Dec 21, 2005
Student/Trainee (past or present) Cornell University Organization Dec 21, 2005
Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization Dec 21, 2005
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Rutgers University Organization Dec 21, 2005
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Jun 26, 2013 Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage With Two Major Rulings

QUOTE: In a pair of major victories for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there. The rulings leave in place laws banning same-sex marriage around the nation, and the court declined to say whether there was a constitutional right to such unions.

New York Times
Jun 25, 2013 Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act

QUOTE: The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval. The court divided along ideological lines, and the two sides drew sharply different lessons from the history of the civil rights movement and the nation’s progress in rooting out racial discrimination in voting. At the core of the disagreement was whether racial minorities continued to face barriers to voting in states with a history of discrimination.

New York Times
Jun 18, 2011 Friendship of Justice and Magnate Puts Focus on Ethics

QUOTE: The publicity-shy friend turned out to be Harlan Crow, a Dallas real estate magnate and a major contributor to conservative causes. Mr. Crow stepped in to finance the multimillion-dollar purchase and restoration of the cannery, featuring a museum about the culture and history of Pin Point that has become a pet project of Justice Thomas’s. The project throws a spotlight on an unusual, and ethically sensitive, friendship that appears to be markedly different from those of other justices on the nation’s highest court.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2011 Supreme Court Rules for Drug Firm in a Patent Dispute

QUOTE: The “general rule,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority in a 7-to-2 decision, is that “rights in an invention belong to the inventor,” even if created on an employer’s watch.

New York Times
Jan 11, 2011 Court weighs disclosures to stockholders

QUOTE: Stockholders said Matrixx had been warned about such a possibility since 1999, but even after lawsuits were filed the company had issued statements saying such allegations were "completely unfounded and misleading."...Matrixx said there was no attempt to deceive investors. The number of complaints about the product was "statistically insignificant"....

Washington Post
Dec 08, 2010 LAWA Land: The Supreme Court hears about Arizona's other controversial immigration law.

QUOTE: The Supreme Court busies itself today with that law's Mini-Me, the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act, which goes much further than federal immigration law in sanctioning state employers who hire illegal workers. Both today's case and the one the court will inevitably hear about SB 1070 test the same general proposition: Does federal immigration law pre-empt—or preclude—the states from passing their own, tougher immigration laws?

Jun 28, 2010 Justices Rule Against Group That Excludes Gay Students

QUOTE: A public law school did not violate the First Amendment by withdrawing recognition from a Christian student group that excluded gay students, the Supreme Court ruled...

New York Times
Jun 24, 2010 Justices Limit Use of ‘Honest Services’ Law Against Fraud

QUOTE: The justices were unanimous in calling a broad interpretation of the law, which makes it a crime “to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services,” unconstitutionally vague.

New York Times
May 18, 2010 Supreme Court restricts life without parole for juveniles

QUOTE: Juveniles may not be sentenced to life in prison without parole for any crime short of homicide, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday, expanding its command that young offenders must be treated differently from adults even for heinous crimes.

Washington Post
Jul 20, 2009 9/11 Case Could Bring Broad Shift on Civil Suits (Sidebar)

QUOTE: The [Supreme Court] Iqbal decision now requires plaintiffs to come forward with concrete facts at the outset, and it instructs lower court judges to dismiss lawsuits that strike them as implausible.“In my view,” Justice [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg said, “the court’s majority messed up the federal rules” governing civil litigation.

New York Times
Jun 29, 2009 Supreme Court Finds Bias Against White Firefighters

QUOTE: The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that white firefighters in New Haven were subjected to race discrimination when the city threw out a promotional examination on which they had done well and black firefighters poorly....The new standards announced by the court will make it much harder for employers to discard the results of hiring and promotion tests once they are administered, even if they have a disproportionately negative impact on members of a given racial group.

New York Times
Jun 29, 2009 Justices Rule That States Can Press Bank Cases

QUOTE: The Supreme Court paved the way on Monday for states to enforce fair-lending laws and other consumer protection measures against the nation’s biggest banks, striking down a rule that limited such powers to federal banking regulators....The letters referred to “troubling” disparities that suggested black and Hispanic borrowers had been charged disproportionately higher interest rates on mortgages compared with those for whites.

New York Times
Jun 26, 2009 Student Strip Search Illegal: School Violated Teen Girl's Rights, Supreme Court Rules

QUOTE: Arizona school officials violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old girl when they strip-searched her on the suspicion she might be hiding ibuprofen in her underwear....In a case that had drawn attention from educators, parents and civil libertarians across the country, the court ruled 8 to 1 that such an intrusive search without the threat of a clear danger to other students violated the Constitution's protections against unreasonable search or seizure.

Washington Post
May 18, 2009 Justices Turn Back Ex-Detainee’s Suit

QUOTE: A Pakistani Muslim who was arrested after the Sept. 11 attacks may not sue John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, and Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for abuses he says he suffered in a Brooklyn detention center...failed to allege a plausible link between the officials’ conduct and the abuses he said he had suffered.

New York Times
May 04, 2009 Justices Limit Liability Over Toxic Spill Cases

QUOTE: The Supreme Court made it harder on Monday for the government to recover the often enormous costs of environmental cleanups from companies with only minor or limited responsibility for toxic spills. The decision tightened the reach of the Superfund law by limiting both the kinds of companies subject to liability and the situations in which partly culpable companies can be made to bear the entire cost of cleanups.

New York Times
Apr 28, 2009 Supreme Court Upholds F.C.C.’s Shift to a Harder Line on Indecency on the Air

QUOTE: Broadcasters that allow foul language on live programs may be punished even if the vulgarities were unscripted and isolated...The ruling was based on administrative rather than constitutional law and focused on whether the Federal Communications Commission had provided an adequate explanation for changing a longstanding policy that had effectively provided a safe harbor for “fleeting expletives.”

New York Times
Nov 05, 2008 Supreme Court Justices Debate the 'F-Bomb'

QUOTE: The Supreme Court appeared far from a consensus Tuesday on whether the Federal Communication Commission's crackdown on broadcasters who allow "fleeting expletives"...It was an unusual hour, as justices debated the relative impact of barnyard epithets, and Solicitor General Gregory Garre warned the Court not to rule in a way that could lead to "Big Bird dropping the f-bomb on Sesame Street."

Legal Times
Jun 26, 2008 Justices Rule for Individual Gun Rights

QUOTE: Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority in the landmark 5-to-4 decision, said the Constitution does not allow “the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home.” In so declaring, the majority found that a gun-control law in the nation’s capital went too far by making it nearly impossible to own a handgun.

New York Times
Jun 26, 2008 High Court Rejects Controversial Campaign Finance Provision

QUOTE: The Supreme Court today narrowly overturned a controversial provision of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation, ruling that it is unconstitutional to allow candidates to accept larger-than-normal contributions if their opponents use their own fortunes to finance election bids.

Washington Post
Jun 26, 2008 Right to Face Accusers Is Affirmed in Unusual Case: Witness Was Murder Victim

QUOTE: The Supreme Court yesterday threw out the conviction of a man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend because the defendant could not challenge an incriminating account she gave the police weeks before her death. The 6 to 3 ruling drew howls from domestic violence opponents who said the decision could lead to perverse situations in which criminals would reap a legal "windfall" after killing their victims.

Washington Post

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