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The Backstory: The Notorious R.B.G.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been making headlines lately by speaking out on decisions coming from the Supreme Court and even claiming she wasn’t “100% sober” when she fell asleep during President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ginsburg’s outspoken nature is changing the mold of the traditional aloof justice, and the 81-year-old Clinton appointee has become something of an internet phenomenon spawning t-shirts, tattoos and blogs. The leader of the Court’s liberal wing has also been dubbed by her supporters “The Notorious R.B.G.”

NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams talks to Gwen Ifill about the woman behind the justice, from her early days as a women’s rights lawyer for the ACLU to over 20 years on the Supreme Court where she has fostered an unusual friendship with one of her more conservative colleagues, Antonin Scalia. Their shared love of opera has even inspired its own opera based on their legal opinions. Ginsburg, now 81, who has battled cancer in the past, has been pressured by some to step down to preserve her liberal legacy. As Ginsburg has made clear, The Notorious R.B.G. isn’t going anywhere soon.

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And RBG said: Let there be Sotomayor

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I know you guys all admire Ruth Bader Ginsburg as much as I do. I came across the following very interesting article. Sweet beans!


I know I’m a little late to the party, but on Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. If you haven’t heard about the case yet elsewhere, then it’s really surprising that you’ve somehow arrived at this blog. So I’m not going into great detail about the actual decision. I’m also not going into detail about it because I haven’t bothered to read most of the plurality opinion, Breyer’s concurring opinion (ugh), or Scalia’s putrid bile (I know that’s what is even if I didn’t read it). I read the summary, which I feel is enough to form an ill-informed opinion.

What I did read in its entirety, though, was Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s thundering dissent, which Real Bad Gangsta joined. I would like to imagine that after RBG’s awe-inspiring dissenting opinion in the Shelby County case last year, she wanted to give Justice Sotomayor her time to shine. As I have vaguely alluded to on several occasions (since I’ve been too lazy to write a full post), Justice Ginsburg has been the leading voice of racial justice on the Court over the past twenty years. With her dissent in Schuette, Justice Sotomayor shows that she is ready to carry on that legacy, too.
In truth, with her dissent in this case, it seems Justice Sotomayor was using a somewhat limited vehicle to make a much larger statement about the Court’s approach to race. I almost wonder if this is a preemptive strike, if Kennedy has changed his mind and the justices know there are now five votes in favor of the colorblind view of the Constitution in some future case. It’s especially interesting that Justice Sotomayor would write this opinion, even though she didn’t join RBG’s dissent in Fisher last June. Maybe she now wishes she had.
Whatever the reason for the ferocity of the dissent, Sonia didn’t hold back. She directly challenged the notion of a colorblind constitution, which four current justices have openly endorsed, stating that, “We should not turn a blind eye to something we cannot help but see.” Even better, she criticized current Equal Protection precedent which requires strict scrutiny be applied to any consideration of race, writing that “those precedents…have departed from the mandate of the Equal Protection Clause in the first place, by applying strict scrutiny to actions designed to benefit rather than burden the minority.” Since the 1970s (and perhaps earlier), some justices had stated that even policies designed to benefit people of color should be subject to strict scrutiny. But not until the 1995 case Adarand v. Peña did that view achieve a majority vote on the Court. Even after 19 years as precedent, Justice Sotomayor is willing to say that’s wrong.
Justice Sotomayor cited RBG’s dissents five separate times in total, and she uses much of her dissent to serve one giant and well-deserved bitchslap to the conservatives on the Court. She exposes Scalia’s towering ignorance, and she even managed to hurt John Roberts’ feelings. Sotomayor parenthetically quotes Roberts’ lamentable admonition from the 2007 Parents Involved case that “[t]he way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race,” and then adds that Roberts’ view “is a sentiment out of touch with reality, one not required by our Constitution, and one that has properly been rejected as ‘not sufficient’ to resolve cases of this nature.” (The Chief Justice issued a concurrence just so he could tell Justice Sotomayor that “[p]eople can disagree in good faith on this issue.” Pinche pendejo!)
And then, ascending into the league of Supreme Court superstars, Justice Sotomayor writes this:
“Race matters. Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities’ being denied access to the political process. […] Race also matters because of persistent racial inequality in society—inequality that cannot be ignored and that has produced stark socioeconomic disparities. […] And race matters for reasons that really are only skin deep, that cannot be discussed any other way, and that cannot be wished away. Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter the neighborhood where he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, ‘No, where are you really from?’, regardless of how many generations her family has been in the country. Race matters to a young person addressed by a stranger in a foreign language, which he does not understand because only English was spoken at home. Race matters because of the slights, the snickers, the silent judgments that reinforce that most crippling of thoughts: ‘I do not belong here.’
“In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination. This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfor­tunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society. It is this view that works harm, by perpetuating the facile notion that what makes race matter is acknowledging the simple truth that race does matter.”
That needs to be quoted in full. I think it’s worth keeping in mind that Roberts’ line about discrimination in Parents Involved did not refer directly to an affirmative action program, but to a policy to increase diversity in K12 schools. In other words, there was no issue of “merit” involved, and every student still got to go to school under the challenged program in that case. So Roberts’ complaint about “discriminating on the basis of race” is not just the simplistic appeal to “merit” that many opponents of affirmative action use. He, and those who agree with him, apparently believes that talking about race is itself the problem. Fortunately, there are two bad bitches on the Court ready to take on him and the other conservatives. Hopefully it won’t always have to be in dissent.

This has been another post only tangentially about RBG. I could also talk about what John Paul Stevens has said about RBG approaching him for advice about when to retire. Or I could talk about this article in which the author confirms the obvious: RBG is still the Baddest Bitch.

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Hobby Lobby: Not nearly as comical as it sounds

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It’s that time of year again, when those shameful people who don’t normally pay attention to the wondrous greatness of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are forced to take notice. Concluding the October 2013 Supreme Court term, the Court released its final decisions on Monday. With the growing jurisprudential madness of the Court’s conservatives, Real Bad Gangsta had yet another chance with the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobbyto author a thundering dissent. As satisfying as her dissents can be, I yearn for the day when RBG can once again write a thundering majority opinion.
Samuel Alito, who has shown himself to be a Grade A asshole on numerous occasions, authored the majority opinion in Hobby Lobby. It probably wasn’t his choice to write the majority, but he has sure done a good job at making it seem like he thinks women are stupid and inferior to men. Like when he was a member of Concerned Alumni of Princeton, which formed in protest to Princeton’s 1969 decision to admit women (1969!). Or when in 1991, he upheld the entirety of Pennsylvania’s restrictive abortion law, including the spousal notification requirement, as a federal appellate court judge in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.Or his majority opinion in Ledbetter v. Goodyear. Or his “display of rudeness” last June while our Eternal Goddess, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was reading a dissent from the bench. Or his concurring opinion last week in McCullen v. Coakley, in which he presents the “entirely realistic situation” where a woman who wants to enter an abortion clinic is essentially too stupid and ill-informed to make a decision on her own and ought to receive “sidewalk counseling” from random zealots on the street. And now add the Hobby Lobby decision to this list.
“Step off, Alito.”I don’t really need to rehash what the decision and the dissent had to say; it’s been written about elsewhere. The basic point is that Alito is wrong and RBG is right. Just read the opinions, and you’ll figure it out. Here are random thoughts and observations:
When Alito is talking about the specific forms of contraception that Hobby Lobby and the others object to, he states that those forms of contraception can potentially destroy an “already fertilized egg” and operate “after the fertilization of an egg,” which Hobby Lobby’s owners see as destruction of human life. Just as the arguments about abortion typically focus only on the evil, barbarous women who want to get abortions, Alito only refers to these vile, sinful female employees who wantonly rid themselves of their “already fertilized” eggs. How did those women get fertilized eggs, anyway? If they didn’t want fertilized eggs, they shouldn’t have fertilized their eggs to begin with! Too bad no wise, virtuous men were around as these women were carelessly fertilizing their eggs, because no doubt a man would have prevented such a thoughtless waste of human life. Now that I think about it, I’ve never heard of any man needing an intrauterine device!
RBG spends several pages of her dissent talking about legislative history, both of the Affordable Care Act and RFRA. I’d like to think that she did that really oas a dig at Scalia, who despises the use of legislative history in interpreting statutes (except, of course, on the occasions when it may support his view).
RBG is willing to acknowledge that she’s been wrong in the past, but only unconsciously. “The Court points out that I joined the majority opinion in City of Boerne and did not then question the statement that ‘least restrictive means . . . was not used [pre-Smith].’ Concerning that observation, I remind my colleagues of Justice Jackson’s sage comment: ‘I see no reason why I should be consciously wrong today because I was unconsciously wrong yesterday.’”
This part was fun: “The distinction between a community made up of believers in the same religion and one embracing persons of diverse beliefs, clear as it is, constantly escapes the Court’s attention. One can only wonder why the Court shuts this key difference from sight.”
RBG begins her dissent by referring to the majority opinion as “a decision of startling breadth.” Reading the majority, as wrong as it may be, it doesn’t immediately seem that it is “of startling breadth.” It seems that the majority makes a point of ruling narrowly, at least considering how far it could have gone. But as I’ve pointed out before, RBG knows all. And she would know, certainly better than anyone outside the Court, what the other justices think about these issues. Maybe she knows that the conservatives, or at least the four most conservative, want to go further. Or maybe she’s used to ol’ snake-in-the-grass Roberts’ trick of ruling narrowly on one case today so he can use it to blow open a hole in an area of the law tomorrow. Regardless, Justice Ginsburg is sounding the alarm and we need to listen.
“I’m always watching you, John. Always.”Yet some people don’t seem to truly appreciate what Justice Ginsburg has done for us by choosing to stay on the Court. As I’ve brought up time and again, there are people—supposedly liberal people, too!—who think it’s time for RBG to leave. For example, some guy at Salon, no doubt an asshole, wrote just yesterday that he thinks it’s time to “let Obama appoint [a] successor” to Justice Ginsburg. He blathers on:Yet while the growing cult of the Notorious RBG is a well-deserved testament to her brilliance as a jurist and talent as a writer, it ignores an uncomfortable reality about this current moment in the politics of the Supreme Court. Namely, the celebrations of her brilliance fail to recognize that the best thing Ruth Bader Ginsburg could do for the liberal movement right now is, arguably, to call an end to a sterling and trailblazing legal career and step down from the court.
OH PLEASE. Yes, people who want RBG to stay on the Court, including RBG herself, clearly have no understanding of politics today and “fail to recognize” that we should just cart her off to the nearest nursing home to spend her remaining days (and *stage whisper* who knows how many of those there are) to mutter to herself about how the current majority, filled with young spring chickens like Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy, are stripping away what remaining protections women, people of color, and other historically (though maybe not so historically, if the conservatives have their way) oppressed groups still have.
It’s not RBG’s fault that the current state of politics is insane. I wish it wasn’t. I also wish Sandra Day O’Connor hadn’t offered her resignation in 2005, leading to her replacement by Alito the following year. For that matter, I wish Earl Warren hadn’t retired in 1968 to try to let LBJ appoint his successor, only to be replaced by Nixon’s choice, Warren Burger.
Besides, RBG is immortal. I’m beginning to think the pancreatic cancer thing was a prank she played just to see who her true supporters are. Apparently not a whole lot of “liberals” who are constantly bringing up her two-time-cancer-survivor status in arguing she should retire.
 In other news, I learned from SCOTUSblog today that the Court granted cert yesterday on a case involving the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Young v. UPS. I have a feeling that’s not going to turn out well. I’ll probably write more on it once Ginsburg’s dissent in the case is released. Also, depending on when you read this, check out the GinsBlog’s new sister site, Adventures in Doctrinal Wonderland. As of this writing, there’s currently nothing there. But it’s going to consist of Supreme Court fanfiction, and probably other stuff. Yay! Hopefully stuff should be there soon!

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Weekend Update: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Neil Gorsuch – SNL

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon) shares her thoughts on working with Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at She Opened the Door, Columbia University Women’s Conference

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Keynote at She Opened The Door Women’s Conference- Day Three: Featuring Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59LAW
Moderator: Poppy Harlow ’05CC

Date: February 11th. 2018
Location: Cinema, Lerner Hall, Columbia University
In a conversation with CNN’s Poppy Harlow ’05CC, Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59LAW speaks about her life before, during, and after Columbia and about the people who opened the door for her over the course of her career.

She Opened The Door is Columbia University’s First Women’s Conference. “She Opened the Door” is a tribute to Winifred Edgerton Merrill. She was the first woman to receive a degree from Columbia University, opening the door for women to gain admission to Columbia’s graduate and professional Schools at a time when co-education for women was under heavy debate. The event celebrated our powerful network of women, whose Columbia connections broaden our impact in the world — personally and professionally.

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Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at She Opened the Door, Columbia University Women’s Conference

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I came across the following very interesting vid. I know you guys admire Ruth Bader Ginsburg just like I do. Check it out!

Keynote at She Opened The Door Women’s Conference- Day Three: Featuring Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59LAW
Moderator: Poppy Harlow ’05CC

Date: February 11th. 2018
Location: Cinema, Lerner Hall, Columbia University
In a conversation with CNN’s Poppy Harlow ’05CC, Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59LAW speaks about her life before, during, and after Columbia and about the people who opened the door for her over the course of her career.

She Opened The Door is Columbia University’s First Women’s Conference. “She Opened the Door” is a tribute to Winifred Edgerton Merrill. She was the first woman to receive a degree from Columbia University, opening the door for women to gain admission to Columbia’s graduate and professional Schools at a time when co-education for women was under heavy debate. The event celebrated our powerful network of women, whose Columbia connections broaden our impact in the world — personally and professionally.

Make sure to Like the video and Subscribe to our channel!

Thank you to our sponsors, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Morgan Stanley.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg on becoming ‘Notorious’

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I ran across the next very interesting video clip. I know you gals admire RBG just like I do. Check it out!

For the latest NewsHour Bookshelf, Gwen Ifill sits down with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to discuss her new book, “In My Own Words” — her first since she was appointed to the court. Ginsburg reflects on the origins of her reputation as “Notorious R.B.G,” how her late husband facilitated her career and how the confirmation process today differs from when she was nominated.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Adas Israel

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I ran across the next very interesting video clip. I can tell you guys all admire the Notorious RBG in so far as I do. Check it out!

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins Forward Editor-in-Chief, Jane Eisner in a conversation that explores the intersection of law, media and Jewish life at Adas Israel Congregation.

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