Politics Is it out of line for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to comment on election

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  1. MutteringJohn

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    She is retiring after the election but no Supreme Court Justice should ever comment about their preference for President. If she stepped down before making the comment then there is no problem. While your still wearing a robe keep your mouth shut. When she says she doesn't want to think about that possibility referring to Trump that means she would stay on the court till he's gone. Her plan is leave if Clinton wins because Hillary would nominate someone just like her. I have never heard a judge before trying to influence a vote. Her ethics are shit no matter which candidate you prefer. Obviously everyone knows who she wants to win even if she didn't say it. The point is stay the hell out of politics while your sitting on the bench.

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't even want to think about the possibility of Donald Trump winning the White House.

    The 83-year-old justice bashed the presumptive Republican nominee during an interview at her office Thursday - and predicted instead that Democrat Hillary Clinton will become the next president.

    Ginsburg, the leader of the court's liberal wing, said during an interview in her office Thursday that the next commander-in-chief — 'whoever she will be' — will have a few appointments to make to the Supreme Court.

    'I don't want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs,' she said when someone asked about a potential Trump presidency.

    That includes the future of the high court itself, on which she is the oldest justice. Two justices, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer, are in their late 70s.

    'It's likely that the next president, whoever she will be, will have a few appointments to make,' Ginsburg said, smiling.

    She showed no signs of slowing down and didn't seem ready to step down any time soon.

    Ginsburg has been catching up on sleep since the court finished its work last week and will have a busy summer of travel that will take her to Europe.

    She plans to see as much opera as she can fit in, as is her custom.

    Ginsburg lost her best friend on the court during this past term and, partly as a result, found herself on the winning side of most of the high-profile cases.

    Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, depriving his conservative allies of a reliable vote and leaving eight justices to decide nearly five dozen cases.

    President Barack Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the ninth seat, but Senate Republicans have refused to hold a hearing or vote on Garland's nomination.

    They say the next president should have the right to name Scalia's replacement. Even if the Senate were to confirm Garland after the election, the court probably would hear three months of cases without him, Ginsburg said.

    And if there's no action in a postelection, lame-duck session of Congress, the vacancy could last the entire term, she said.

    Court majorities this term moved to shut down tactics used by opponents of abortion and of affirmative action in higher education in two major cases, Ginsburg added.

    She doesn't expect to see any more such cases. The court upheld the use of race in college admissions in Texas and struck down Texas abortion-clinic regulations that the state said were needed to protect patients.

    'It seemed to me it was a sham to pretend this was about a woman's health,' Ginsburg said.

    She misses the colorful, outspoken Scalia, whom she described as charming. 'The public got the wrong impression of him,' she said. Among the many pictures and mementos in her office is one of the two of them atop an elephant in India many years ago.

    Without him, she said, the court is 'a paler place.' But she thinks she and her colleagues did well to divide 4-4 in only four cases, including one that effectively killed Obama's plan to help millions of immigrants who are living in the country illegally.

    Another consequence of Scalia's death was an increase in the number of dissenting opinions written by Justice Clarence Thomas, she said. Thomas wrote 18 dissents. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was next, with eight.

    'Thomas always wrote a lot of dissents, but I think he was kind of making up for Scalia not being here. He wrote so many,' she said.

    Ginsburg disputed reports that the court is taking on only relatively unimportant cases while waiting for a ninth justice.

    'It isn't so. We haven't selected them with a view to dodging challenging cases. We take them as they come to us,' she said.

    But Ginsburg did suggest that the court probably would not take up a major challenge to the death penalty any time soon. She joined Breyer's opinion a year ago that called for considering outlawing capital punishment.

    'There are only two votes so far to have asked for it so I don't think it's likely, if there is such a challenge, that it would get four votes to grant cert,' she said, using court shorthand.

    It takes four justices to vote to hear a case, or grant certiorari.

    Scalia's death essentially broke a tie in the affirmative action case, which ended with a 4-3 decision in favor of Texas' admissions plan, Ginsburg said.

    Justice Elena Kagan did not take part because she had previously worked on the case when she served in the Justice Department.

    Ginsburg wrote a short separate opinion in the abortion case to complement Breyer's majority opinion. 'I fully subscribed to everything Breyer said, but it was long, and I wanted something pithy,' she said. 'I wrote to say, "Don't try this anymore."'
     
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    The Supreme Court has political bias? Say it ain't so.
     
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    It is no surprise that she would want someone who will not follow the Constitution as president, just as she has done while on the court. Die, old bag.
     
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    I hate the abortion issue. It keeps the gop irrelevant.
     
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    My dear, the constitution is based on separation of church and state. The new gop insists on controlling women's reproductive rights. Stay out of my gun safe Stay out of Dave's uterus.
     
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    yes. it's also out of line for Odumass to be hacking on Trump, all the while not prosecuting the teflon granny for her federal crimes
     
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    With all the options of birth control, abortion, and abortion pills, is that really a relevant issue anymore? I have no argument for or against, it just seems like such a silly thing to base your whole vote on; That is not causing the decline of our Country.
     
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    The neocons need to drop it. The media mashes it in their face every two years. Next will be chicks with dicks. Mark my words.
     
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    Xuxu hates when I call her a witch or a reptile.
     
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    Is inappropriate but that seemed way out of line
     
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    I want a conservative prez. Not a deacon, just a fiscally responsible person that will keep the government out of my life.
     
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    Promise?
     
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    It is inappropriate.
     
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    There was a time when presidents and justices had a little thing called restraint.

    Race Baiter Ginsburg, like many high profile DNC operatives, doesn't think that standard should apply to her.
     
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    It's unethical, plain and simple.
     
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    so lying under oath is ok with ruth..glad she's not a judg...oh wait
     
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    I have to agree. Supreme Court justices should stay out of the election fray.
    Not that we all don't know their political leanings.
    But they should at least be a little cagey about it
     
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    It's not only morally unethical, it violates the codified judicial ethics code.

    Judges are barred from stating positions in partisan races.

    Or, they're SUPPOSED to be. :rolleyes:

    Old dry cunt needs to die.
     
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