According to breaking news reports, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87. She was nominated to the high court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
According to Fox News, Justice Ginsburg died while surrounded by her family.
In a statement by the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg died due to “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.”
“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement following her death. “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 tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
Justice Ginsburg was known as a liberal stalwart on the Supreme Court and was just the second female appointed to the Supreme Court.
Though known for her liberal bent, she was publicly known to be genuine and close friends with the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016 before the presidential election. The two justices would vacation together frequently despite disagreeing sharply on the cases before them.
It is unclear at this point whether President Donald Trump will nominate a replacement for her seat on the court, or whether the Republican-controlled United States Senate will consider a replacement for her.
Nine days ago, President Trump released an updated list for potential justices on the Supreme Court.
In a statement, Focus President Jim Daly said, “My condolences to the family of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We were miles apart ideologically on many of the country’s most critical issues, but Justice Ginsburg nevertheless devoted her life to serving her country according to her principles.”
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