SHE VOTED AGAINST DECISION IN ‘BONG HITS FOR JESUS’
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg has died. She was 87.
Ginsburg was a member of the liberal minority on the Supreme Court and had been ill for many years.
On Alaska cases, she was a dissenting vote on the famous “Bong Hits for Jesus” case, in which a student in Juneau was suspended from high school for promoting drug use with a “Bong Hits for Jesus” banner during a school off-campus assembly that took place during the lead up to the Summer Olympics.
She also was a dissenting vote on the case involving the permitting for the Kensington Mine, (Couer Alaska) which now provides hundreds of mining jobs to Southeast Alaska.
On a more recent case involving hunter John Sturgeon and river access in Alaska, she voted with the majority.
President Trump, possibly with knowledge of her grave condition, had already released his list of potential replacements. He has challenged Joe Biden to release his list. Biden has not responded.
Ginsburg died of pancreatic cancer, her family said. It’s the same disease that quickly took the life of Alaskan Scott Hawkins, a gubernatorial candidate in 2018 and foundational supporter of Must Read Alaska during its inception.
Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg had spent much of her legal career advocating for women’s rights. She had won multiple arguments before the Supreme Court. She had served as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors; she was also general counsel to the ACLU.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on the record saying she opposes confirmation of any Trump nominee before the General Election.
If Trump nominates a replacement before the General Election, it will likely become the singular issue between now and Nov. 3. For many Trump voters, the Supreme Court seats were one of the most important reasons they voted for Trump in the first place. They consider those seats to be more important than those Republican seats in the House and Senate.
The Republicans in Congress are said to be pushing for Trump to go ahead and advance his nomination, an action that could prompt a new round of rioting across America.
According to NPR, Ginsburg said days before her death that her “most fervent wish” was that she not be replaced on the high court until a new president is sworn into the White House.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg dictated in a statement to her granddaughter that was obtained by NPR.