Justice Ginsburg

Dec 2018
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I wish Ginsburg many more years of good health, but her illness does highlight the need for a retirement age on the court.

The stakes are simply too high. The work is incredibly demanding, and let's be honest, the ravages of old age take their toll on everyone, even the very brightest among us. Octogenarians are simply not in their prime years by anyone's standards, or even close. Worse still, when the court's philosophical majority hangs in the balance every old-age illness becomes a national crisis. And by the time a judge's faculties decline to the point where Constitutional means can be used to remove them from office, it's almost certainly too late as any number of cases will have already been compromised.

Make it 70, make it 75, whatever. But the lifetime tenure of our most important judges has got to go.
 
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Jun 2018
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She should recuse while she's in recovery. Invasive surgery in advanced age patients usually requires long periods of time using strong pain relievers. Her inability to attend to court business at her office is an indication that she is in pain and might well be taking strong pain relievers. Making crucial SCOTUS decisions should require no impairment.
 
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Dec 2006
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Recuse?

Are you suggesting that shes' going to vote on issues that she's not in court to adjudicate?
 
Dec 2018
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She should recuse while she's in recovery. Invasive surgery in advanced age patients usually requires long periods of time using strong pain relievers. Her inability to attend to court business at her office is an indication that she is in pain and might well be taking strong pain relievers. Making crucial SCOTUS decisions should require no impairment.
I think she should, you know, follow the advice of her doctor.