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Saturday, August 31, 2013
Courts - Justice Ginsburg having a very fun summer!
Read Ruth Marcus' Washington Post column today. Some quotes:
In the hermetic world the justices inhabit, Ginsburg has launched a virtual press tour this summer, granting interviews to Reuters, the AP, USA Today, Bloomberg and the New York Times, with two can’t-miss messages.
The first is aimed at liberals: She’s not retiring anytime soon, thanks for asking. * * *
Ginsburg’s second message is even sharper: an unsparing critique of her conservative colleagues.
On the court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling loosening campaign finance restrictions, she told Bloomberg: “People are appalled abroad. It’s a question I get asked all the time: Why should elections be determined by how much a candidate can spend and why should candidates spend most of their time these days raising the funds so that they will prevail in the next election?”
To the AP, Ginsburg all but called her fellow opera buff a hypocrite. “Scalia, who really takes after the court for taking over legislative turf in same-sex marriage, doesn’t make a whimper in voting rights, which passed 98 to nothing in the Senate and 330 to something in the House,” she said. “I didn’t put that to him, but surely he’s going to be asked the question, ‘How do you distinguish the two?’ ”
And to the Times, Ginsburg repeated her earlier charge that the supposedly conservative majority was in fact an activist one. “If it’s measured in terms of readiness to overturn legislation, this is one of the most activist courts in history,” she said. “Stunning in terms of activism,” she said of the court’s decision striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.
Justices tend to reserve their disagreements to the courtroom and the pages of their opinions and dissents. This is gloves-off language from a justice who still favors a pair of dainty lace ones.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 31, 2013 02:21 PM
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