Firebrand US court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, known for her legal, cultural and feminist actions while serving in the country’s highest court, has died after a long battle with cancer
The Supreme Court announced in a statement that Justice Ginsburg, nominated into the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton, died from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
She died at her home in Washington surrounded by family.
Chief Justice John Roberts said in the statement that “Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature.
“We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tried and resolute champion of justice.”
Ginsburg, known for her legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, served 27 years as a Supreme Court Justice. Her death will set in motion a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, as the presidential election draws near.
The justice you ‘s death gives Republicans the chance to tighten their grip on the court with another Trump appointment that would give conservatives a 6-to-3 majority meaning that even a defection on the right would leave conservatives with enough votes to prevail in the Obamacare case, Dreamers and many other cases that will be brought to the supreme court this period.