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Ruth Ginsburg not planning on leaving SCOTUS any time soon
Hotair ^ | 07/06/2013 | Jazz Shaw

Posted on 07/07/2013 6:03:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Reuters landed the inside track on a question which has been quietly simmering on the back burner since the unpleasant events of last November. Given four more years in office, and given the ages and states of health of various members of the Supreme Court, would Barack Obama be making any more appointments to the bench? In an interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the answer to at least one of the seats under discussion would seem to be no.

At age 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing, says she is in excellent health, even lifting weights despite having cracked a pair of ribs again, and plans to stay several more years on the bench.

In a Reuters interview late on Tuesday, she vowed to resist any pressure to retire that might come from liberals who want to ensure that Democratic President Barack Obama can pick her successor before the November 2016 presidential election…

The justice, who survived two serious bouts with cancer, in 1999 and 2009, is keeping up a typically busy summer of travel, at home and abroad, beginning next week with a trip to Paris. Ginsburg said she was back to her usual weight-lifting routine and recently had good results from a bone density scan.

Later in the article, she repeats a previous goal of matching the 23 year tenure of Justice Louis Brandeis, which would take her to April of 2016. (And that close to a presidential election, it seems highly unlikely that the confirmation of a replacement could be managed the same year.) But she also went further, noting that Justice Stevens stayed until the age of 90, giving her a full decade to shoot for.

These sorts of ugly considerations have been made public before, and as Dr. James Joyner notes, they rather deflate the image of the non-political high court assured by lifetime appointments.

If I had my druthers, Justices would serve 20-year terms rather than indefinitely. A long, fixed term would both assure for an independent judiciary and solve several problems with lifetime appointments. It’s absurd to have 90-year-olds deciding the most important public policy issues and makes an already undemocratic institution even moreso to have people appointed by Gerald Ford still on the bench decades later; we had both until John Paul Stevens finally retired in 2010. Further, we’d end the incentive for presidents to appoint too-young Justices in order to extend their legacies and reduce the sort of pressures Ginsburg is now facing.

The twenty year term idea is intriguing, but absent a change to Article III, it would likely be problematic to implement. But the “undemocratic nature” of the institution, as Joyner calls it, does seem to come to light more and more as time goes on. Rather than completely independent agents, free from the constraints of election pressure, we wind up with the the most ideological candidates which presidents think they can get through. And, as James also notes, there is pressure to put in increasingly young ones so they can place the longest lasting stamp on the bench possible.

So in a way, Ginsburg is to be credited for shrugging off the concerned “liberal leaders” pushing her to step down while Obama is still in office. Of course, if she stepped down now, the end effect wouldn’t be much, at least in the short term. Obama would replace her with someone of like ideology and the balance of power wouldn’t really shift much, even though it would cement one block in place for much longer. The real fireworks would be if we lost one of the four conservative justices for any reason. The fight over that seat would be epic to say the least.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ginsburg; scotus; supremecourt

1 posted on 07/07/2013 6:03:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

God, let’s hope not—wishing her at least three more years of vigorous health!


2 posted on 07/07/2013 6:05:19 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind

Good - she should stay until 2017.


3 posted on 07/07/2013 6:05:46 AM PDT by impimp
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To: 9YearLurker

... And who gets to appoint in 2016 ??


4 posted on 07/07/2013 6:06:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: 9YearLurker
... And who gets to appoint in AFTER 2016 ??
5 posted on 07/07/2013 6:07:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

While on the surface this seems like good news, it won’t matter if the U.S. elects another dumbed down leftist.


6 posted on 07/07/2013 6:07:07 AM PDT by GnL
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To: SeekAndFind

Good. With Obozo in office she would get replaced by another radical leftist that would be young enough to trample the Constitution for decades to come. We want her replaced by President Palin in four years.


7 posted on 07/07/2013 6:07:16 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t know, but if it is another Democrat the country is pretty much lost anyway.


8 posted on 07/07/2013 6:07:53 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind
This equals out to a vote of no-confidence for our current President. After working side by side with lightweights such as Kagan and Sotomayor, even Ginsburg is showing some standards here.

As for Obama, without exception every time he has appointed anyone to any position, the person he appoints has been worse than the person replaced.

Panetta - Hagel
Clinton - Kerry
Geithner - Lew
etc.

9 posted on 07/07/2013 6:13:24 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: SeekAndFind
poor pathetic democrat,she can't quit because Obama wants to be the one that replaces her..More than likely when he does it will be a Muslim..
10 posted on 07/07/2013 6:17:32 AM PDT by PLD
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To: SeekAndFind

Ruth adds beauty and magnetism to the court.


11 posted on 07/07/2013 6:20:03 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, a veritable Ted Kennedy / Robert Byrd hanger on. She’ll vote even from her coma.


12 posted on 07/07/2013 6:20:30 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please stay healthy and retire in 2017......PLEASE!!!! I hope every FREEPER agrees with me. God Bless Justice Ginsburg.


13 posted on 07/07/2013 6:25:23 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“In a Reuters interview late on Tuesday, she vowed to resist any pressure to retire that might come from liberals who want to ensure that Democratic President Barack Obama can pick her successor before the November 2016 presidential election…”

At least she’s good for something.


14 posted on 07/07/2013 6:27:11 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: PLD

“More than likely when he does it will be a Muslim.. “

A homosexual muslim.


15 posted on 07/07/2013 6:27:58 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

TRUE!!!


16 posted on 07/07/2013 6:32:11 AM PDT by PLD
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To: lowbridge
“More than likely when he does it will be a Muslim.. “
A homosexual Muslim.”

And the Republicans will vote for him/her.

17 posted on 07/07/2013 6:37:52 AM PDT by FR_addict
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To: SeekAndFind

Three words: Odinga’s Third Term.


18 posted on 07/07/2013 6:46:22 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: GnL

Ginsburg may be like so many of us - acquiring knowledge and maybe even wisdom as she goes along.

Perhaps enough to see through Zero.


19 posted on 07/07/2013 6:52:18 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: 9YearLurker

Definitely.

I want her to never get sick, for the next three years.

Any Freeper who thinks that Ginsburg should retire now is an idiot.


20 posted on 07/07/2013 7:23:30 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SeekAndFind

I read the suggestion that Ginsburg suspects that were she to resign, Obama would appoint someone repugnant to her. In what way is indeterminate.


21 posted on 07/07/2013 7:41:05 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s EIGHTY????? She’s looked like she’s been in her 90’s for years now!!!!!


22 posted on 07/07/2013 8:00:53 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (Qui pacem, praeparet bellum.)
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To: GnL

Nothing will matter if the country elects another dumbed down leftist or allows tens of millions of illegal aliens a pass.

nothing


23 posted on 07/07/2013 8:15:47 AM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

Wasn’t she diagnosed with pancreatic cancer?
She’s getting excellent care. I want the names of her doctors.


24 posted on 07/07/2013 8:17:47 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: SeekAndFind
Perfect choice to replace Ruth...


25 posted on 07/07/2013 8:19:39 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: 9YearLurker

Better stay away from Ft. Marcy Park. Sockpuppet Zero’s manipulators would love to put a younger, more radical justice in her place before Zero gets sacrificed for the cause...


26 posted on 07/07/2013 9:42:43 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Fresh Wind

RE: Perfect choice to replace Ruth...

What’s her full name?


27 posted on 07/07/2013 12:29:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Fresh Wind
Perfect choice to replace Ruth...

No, a female should replace Ruth!

28 posted on 07/07/2013 12:31:16 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Debra Nelson.


29 posted on 07/07/2013 12:46:08 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind

SOURCE:

http://judgepedia.org/index.php/Debra_Steinberg_Nelson

Debra Steinberg Nelson is a Seminole County judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. She was appointed by then-Governor Jeb Bush in May of 1999 (effective in June). Her current term expires in January of 2019.

Nelson began her career in 1980 at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. She served as the Chief Prosecutor of that office prior to leaving it in July of 1983 for the state Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She served there as staff counsel until March of 1986, when she joined the law firm of Borroughs, Grimm, Bennett & Griffin, P.A. She became a partner of the firm in 1988 and became head of the litigation department the following year. In August of 1992, she started her own practice, Debra Steinberg Nelson, P.A. She worked in that capacity until she became a Circuit Court judge in June of 1999. She was also an arbitrator for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida from 1992 to 1999.

Judge Nelson was assigned to the trial of George Zimmerman in August of 2012, after Judge Kenneth R. Lester, Jr. was removed at the request of the defense. Zimmerman is charged with shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a case that has gained national attention.


30 posted on 07/07/2013 12:53:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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