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The Innocence Project Mourns Loss of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

Justice Ginsburg relentlessly pursued a more perfect union and had an unwavering commitment to justice.

By Innocence Staff

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in New York, NY, USA on December 15, 2018. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

September 18, 2020 — The Innocence Project mourns the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. 

Justice Ginsburg passed away today from complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 87. 

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a brilliant and principled lawyer, scholar and jurist who dedicated her extraordinary talents to the work of forming a more perfect union,” said Christina Swarns, executive director of the Innocence Project. “Throughout her extraordinary career, Justice Ginsburg owned her space and, in so doing, she inspired generations of women and girls — including me — to do the same.” 

Justice Ginsburg famously championed women’s rights, calling it a fight for “the constitutional principle of the equal citizenship stature of men and women.” She cast important votes in support of reproductive rights, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and criminal justice, including against the execution of juveniles and people with intellectual disabilities. 

“If I were queen, there would be no death penalty,” she said during a Columbia Law School panel in 2018

“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Justice Ginsburg’s relentless pursuit of a more perfect union and her unwavering commitment to justice will perpetually inspire us to pursue freedom for the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to dismantle the systemic injustices responsible for such wrongful convictions.

We hold her family, friends, and colleagues in our hearts as we grieve together.

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  1. Andrea Burdick says:

    Here’s my fantasy. RBG died and decided she needed to talk to God. She said, “God, I died at a very inopportune moment. After spending a lifetime fighting for justice, I would hate to feel that my death prompted a return to a more Conservative Court. Can you help?” God told her not to worry because he would take care of it. Donald Trump and some of his Republican cohorts all got Covid-19. This may delay the Trump administrations attempt to put a Conservative in the Supreme Court to Replace her. As a Jewish grandmother, I believe you can never underestimate the power of a Jewish grandmother. And God does work in mysterious ways.

  2. larry pettway says:

    I never knew that she fought for men like me, I give her all praise and God will take care of her .

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