Clinton White House viewed Ginsburg, Sotomayor with skepticism
July 18th, 2014
04:11 PM ET
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Clinton White House viewed Ginsburg, Sotomayor with skepticism

(CNN) – Previously confidential memos from Bill Clinton’s White House show how two women now on the Supreme Court were strongly criticized by administration officials at the time as they were being considered for key judicial positions.

Officials who worked for the confirmation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993 had serious reservations about her, according to the newly released documents from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

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Supreme Court justice to perform same-sex wedding ceremony
August 31st, 2013
05:30 AM ET
1 year ago

Supreme Court justice to perform same-sex wedding ceremony

Washington (CNN) - In June, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined four of her Supreme Court colleagues in overturning the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

This weekend, she is poised to officiate at a same-sex wedding.
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June 27th, 2010
04:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Justice Ginsburg's husband dies of cancer complications

Martin Ginsburg was the outgoing, jovial opposite of his soft-spoken, diminutive wife, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Martin Ginsburg was the outgoing, jovial opposite of his soft-spoken, diminutive wife, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Washington (CNN) - Martin Ginsburg, husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died of cancer at age 78.

A statement from the Supreme Court said Ginsburg died Sunday at his Washington home, due to complications from metastatic cancer. The court said a private ceremony will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, but no date was given.

Ginsburg, known as Marty to his friends and family, was the outgoing, jovial opposite of his soft-spoken, diminutive wife, but the couple maintained a strong, happy marriage over 56 years.

Their wedding anniversary was four days ago. The Supreme Court will wrap up its work for the term Monday, and recess for the summer. Justice Ginsburg was on the bench as recently as Thursday as rulings were announced.

Updated: 4:49 p.m.

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October 15th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Justice Ginsburg released after night in hospital

Justice Ginsburg had taken two medications before boarding an overnight flight, a court spokeswoman said.
Justice Ginsburg had taken two medications before boarding an overnight flight, a court spokeswoman said.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized overnight for what appeared to be an adverse reaction to medication, but was released Thursday, a court spokeswoman said in a statement.

Ginsburg, 76, was taken to the Washington Hospital Center at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. She had taken a sleeping aid combined with cold medication immediately after boarding an overnight flight to London, England, the statement said.

"Prior to the plane taking off, the justice experienced extreme drowsiness, causing her to fall from her seat," the statement said. Paramedics were called and she was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

"Justice Ginsburg was evaluated at the hospital and she was found to be in stable health. Doctors attributed her symptoms to a reaction caused by the combination of a prescription sleeping aid and an over-the-counter cold medication," the statement said. "She was admitted overnight for observation and was released this morning."

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Filed under: Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Supreme Court
September 24th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg hospitalized

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became ill in her chambers on Thursday.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became ill in her chambers on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday after falling ill in her chambers, the court confirmed.

Ginsburg, 76, felt faint, light-headed and fatigued about 4:50 p.m., around an hour after receiving a treatment for iron deficiency, the court said in a statement.

She was monitored by an in-house physician, who performed blood tests and found her to be in stable health.

Her symptoms improved, though she was taken to the Washington Hospital Center as a precaution at about 7:45 p.m., according to the court statement.

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Filed under: Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Supreme Court
June 16th, 2009
06:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Justice Ginsburg 'cheered' Sotomayor nomination

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a group of lawyers and judges that she was 'cheered' at the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a group of lawyers and judges that she was 'cheered' at the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – While most sitting Supreme Court justices refuse to comment at all about current and future nominees to that bench, one member says she can't wait to welcome Sonia Sotomayor to that exclusive club.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - the only women on the nine-member court - told a group of lawyers and judges this past weekend she was "cheered" at the nomination of Sotomayor.

Ginsburg said the 54-year-old federal appeals court judge brings "a wealth of experience in the law and in life. I am glad to no longer be the lone woman on the court, and look forward to a new colleague well-equipped to handle the challenges our work presents." Her remarks were made at a semi-private conference in upstate New York.

The justice has made no secret of her desire to see greater gender diversity on her court. She has lamented the departure of her friend and colleague Sandra Day O'Connor in 2006.

She told USA Today just weeks before Justice David Souter announced his retirement that more women should join her. "Women belong in all places where decision are being made," she said. "I don't say (the split) should be 50-50. It could be 60 percent men, 40 percent women, or the other way around. It shouldn't be that women are the exception."

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March 17th, 2009
10:32 AM ET
6 years ago

Justice Ginsburg to undergo chemotherapy

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will undergo chemotherapy to combat pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday..
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will undergo chemotherapy to combat pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday..

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will undergo chemotherapy to combat pancreatic cancer, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday.

“I am scheduled to undergo a precautionary post-surgical course of chemotherapy at the National Institutes of Health,” Ginsburg said in a statement released by the Court.

The treatments will commence in late March, “and are not expected to affect my schedule at the Court,” she said.

Ginsburg underwent surgery last month for the condition, but was back on the bench within days.


Filed under: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
February 6th, 2009
03:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Justice Ginsburg expected back on the job later this month

Sources close to Ginsburg say she continues to do well after the procedure, and that doctors and family remain cautiously optimistic.
Sources close to Ginsburg say she continues to do well after the procedure, and that doctors and family remain cautiously optimistic.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery, plans to be back on the bench when the Supreme Court resumes oral arguments in 17 days.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Friday the 75-year-old justice will be on hand for the next public session February 23, when the court will hear appeals in two cases, beginning at 10 am ET.

Ginsburg remains hospitalized at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a day after undergoing surgery for the disease.

Sources close to Ginsburg say she continues to do well after the procedure, and that doctors and family remain cautiously optimistic. Those sources said she was resting comfortably, and speaking with her staff about the Court's upcoming caseload.

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