As President Donald Trump has continued with his efforts to reshape the federal government, many eyes have been on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who’s hoped to stay on the bench at least through Trump’s tenure. She’s faced a third round of cancer recently, but the court’s spokeswoman said this week that after treatment, there is no evidence of any further cancer, which this time was in her lung.
Kathleen Arberg explained:
‘Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments. Her recovery from surgery is on track. Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required.’
This past week, while recovering, she missed oral arguments at the court for the first time since she joined in 1993 after undergoing surgery on December 21.
Of course, those who were present included Trump’s two picks for the court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Neither have escaped controversy surrounding their ascent to the nation’s highest court. Gorsuch filled Antonin Scalia’s seat after Senate Republicans refused to let President Barack Obama fulfill his duties and fill the seat after Scalia died during his presidency. Kavanaugh faced credible allegations of sexual assault from his past, but those didn’t stop Republicans from voting him onto the court anyway.
As of Thursday, the currently unfolding Supreme Court term had proved relatively uneventful, with five unanimous decisions without even any concurrent opinions issued — the most unified the court has ever been under Chief Justice John Roberts.
They declined to hear an argument from an unidentified foreign company facing what appears to be a subpoena from Special Counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller’s team. That company has repeatedly appealed a lower court decision holding them in contempt for refusing to comply with the subpoena.
Although they avoided taking on a hot button issue involving the president directly, at least a couple of the justices including Ginsburg have addressed his belligerence on their own time. Back in 2016, Ginsburg dismissed Trump as a showboat — and in response, he said she was too old to be on the court and should retire.
More recently, after Trump launched into yet another one of his angry tirades about the judicial system not going his way, Roberts asserted that as a nation:
‘We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.’
Trump wasn’t impressed and tweeted angrily at the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court — because of course he did.
Meanwhile, the often popular, high profile Ginsburg has been the subject of a couple recent high profile films, including the documentary RBG available on Netflix and the dramatized version of her early life, On The Basis Of Sex, which is currently playing in theaters.
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