Ruth Bader Ginsburg blames Supreme Court colleagues for judicial activism

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August 27, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg faulted her colleagues recently for creating a judicial atmosphere of activism, and she suggested she’s going to stick around and try to turn back that tone, for at least another year.

She said in The New York Times that she’s going to stay “as long as I can do the job full steam and that, at my age, is not predictable.” She promised to stay for at least a year, and “after that, who knows?”

The justice has faced some pressure from those in the liberal camp who would like to see her retire before President Obama leaves office so that her replacement could be the next liberal voice. But she’s dashed those hopes — repeatedly. And on Sunday, she said the despite her two run-ins with cancer, she’s not leaving any time soon.

Especially since the court has become so activist, she said.

“[This is] one of the most activist courts in history,” she said, as TPM reported. Speaking to the recent court decision striking portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, she said that “if it’s measured in terms of readiness to overturn legislation,” this court is a highly charged activist body.

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