Washington, Sep 18 (efe-epa).- The progressive judge of the US Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87 from “complications” of the pancreatic cancer she suffered, the court reported Friday in a statement.
The court said the magistrate “died tonight surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications from metastasis in pancreatic cancer.”
In the same statement, the head of the US Supreme Court John Roberts, appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush (2001-2009), paid tribute to the magistrate.
“Our nation,” Roberts said, “has lost a jurist of historic stature. All of us on the Supreme Court have lost a beloved companion. Today we are in mourning, but we are confident that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her: a tireless and determined champion of justice.”
Nominated by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg was the oldest judge of the nine who make up the Supreme Court and in recent years had had health problems that had forced several hospital admissions.
The judge had been fighting cancer for years: in 2009 she overcame one in the pancreas; in 2018 they had to remove some malignant nodules from her left lung; and in the summer of 2019 the tumor reappeared in the pancreas.
Cancer also took away the love of her life, her husband, Martin Ginsburg, who died in 2010.
Ginsburg had served on the Supreme Court for nearly three decades, arriving in 1993 as the second woman in history to serve on this court, after a career dedicated to feminist causes and civil rights.
The health of the magistrate, due to her advanced age, has had the country in suspense, especially the progressive ranks, who feared that if Ginsburg left the Supreme Court, her replacement would be chosen by President Donald Trump. This would expand the existing conservative majority of the most important court in the country.
The president and the magistrate had a difficult relationship after Ginsburg called him a “phony” before the 2016 election, a comment she had to retract and that prompted Trump to call for her resignation.
The Supreme Court is made up of nine judges with life positions, currently five conservative and four progressive.
Trump managed in his first year as president to get the Republican majority in the Senate to green-light his first nominee for the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, and then, in October 2018, he did the same for Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual abuse. EFE-EPA