Ruth Bader Ginsburg's great fear: Courts viewed as partisan

ABC News | 1/30/2018 | Staff
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One of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's great fears is that the federal judiciary will start to be seen as just another political branch of government divided along partisan lines like Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court justice said Tuesday.

Ginsburg skipped President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address, instead speaking at Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.

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She did not discuss the Republican president, but bemoaned the partisan atmosphere in Washington, in particular the divisive process for confirming judges. She pointed to fights over the last four justices appointed to the court: Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch.

"Four fine justices who should have gotten overwhelming support but got many negative votes," she said. "I think it will take great leaders on both sides of the aisle to say 'Let's stop this nonsense and start working for our country the way we should.'"

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"We have a great federal judiciary, and I hope we can keep it," she added.

She also expressed hope that the country eventually will get over the current period of intense partisanship, comparing it to the 1950s, when McCarthyism and the Red Scare led the country to stray "from its most fundamental values."

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"That time has passed. This time will too. We have something so wonderful in this nation," she said. "That Democracy exists. It would be tragic to lose it. And I think good people, no matter whether...
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