US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 87.
She was an inspiring women’s rights champion and a figurehead for the liberals of America.
Ginsburg had suffered from five bouts of cancer, with the most recent recurrence reported in early 2020.
She was the oldest justice and the second woman to sit on the Supreme Court. Ginsburg worked as a Justice for 27 years.
Chief Justice John Roberts says in a statement “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,”.
He also says “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember [her] as…a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
As Ginsburg is one among four liberal justices on the court, her health was closely monitored.
Interestingly, her death raises the likelihood of Donald Trump attempting to expand the lean conservative majority of the court. He may do this before the November election.
Before her death, Ginsburg expressed her strong disapproval of such a possibility.
In a statement, she says “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,”
The White House sources talked with BBC News partner, CBS News, regarding the matter. They said that Trump would soon nominate a conservative replacement for Ginsburg.
A Trump nomination will definitely give rise to a heated battle.
Whether he should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm Ginsburg’s replacement or let the seat remain vacant until after the announcement of the election result.
What Makes The Replacement Of Ginsburg A Matter Of Concern?
The US Supreme Court justices have the option to remain a Justice for life or until they choose to retire.
Supporters have expressed concern that as a replacement, Trump would look for a more conservative justice.
Supreme Court is the highest court in America, and its verdict is often the final word. It decides on highly disputable laws, disputes between states and the federal government, etc.