In bashing Donald Trump, some say Ruth Bader Ginsburg just crossed a very important line

Ginsburg also recalled something her late husband said about such matters: "Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand."

This appears to be a joke, but Ginsburg's sentiment here is crystal clear: She thinks Donald Trump would be a dangerous president. And in saying it, she goes to a place justices almost never do — and perhaps never have — for some very good reasons.

Ginsburg is known for pushing the bounds of a justice's public comments and has earned something of a cult following on the left. But some say she just went too far.

"I find it baffling actually that she says these things," said Arthur Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh. "She must know that she shouldn’t be. However tempted she might be, she shouldn’t be doing it."

Similarly, Howard Wolfson, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Ginsburg shouldn't have said it.

❤️ RBG but I don't think our Supreme Court justices should be publicly offering their opinions about POTUS candidates.


Has a SCOTUS justice made an endorsement like this before?http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/us/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-no-fan-of-donald-trump-critiques-latest-term.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court in May. In an interview in her chambers on Friday, she chastised the Senate for refusing to act on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

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Others wondered what impact this might have on Ginsburg's decision to hear cases involving Trump.

2/2 If there's a redo of Bush v. Gore, how does Ginsburg not recuse herself, given her Trump comments?


And that's really a key reason justices don't talk like Ginsburg did. Sometimes they have to hear cases involving political issues and people. Having offered their unprompted opinions about such things can lead to questions about prejudice and potential recusal from future cases.

As Greenfield notes, Ginsburg was a part of the court that decided who the president was when the 2000 election was thrown to the Supreme Court, so this isn't uncharted territory. Had she said something similar about either Bush or Al Gore, would she have been able to hear the case?

Louis Virelli is a Stetson University law professor who just wrote a book on Supreme Court recusals, titled "Disqualifying the High Court." He said that "public comments like the ones that Justice Ginsburg made could be seen as grounds for her to recuse herself from cases involving a future Trump administration. I don't necessarily think she would be required to do that, and I certainly don't believe that she would in every instance, but it could invite challenges to her impartiality based on her public comments."

Hellman said Ginsburg's comments could muddy the waters when it comes to decisions not just involving Trump but also his policies — something that could come up regularly should he win the presidency.

"It would cast doubt on her impartiality in those decisions," Hellman said. "If she has expressed herself as opposing the election of Donald Trump, her vote to strike down a Trump policy would be under a cloud."

Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and who once clerked for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, has criticized Ginsburg before for her public comments. But he said this one is more indefensible than any of its predecessors.

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Guess no one told the old bat that SCOTUS is NOT supposed to be political.  When she moves, she can take Kagan and Sotomaier with her.

Spot on!  But the last two are the Gay Judges so the Court would loose its Diversity - that can't happen!  So we already knew the court was political; but the OLD LADY just proves it! 

I bit of senility perhaps?

Oh, please, from your mouth to God's ears.  Let them go FAAAAARRRR away!!!!

A one way ticket in a rowboat would be most appropriate.

Before calling for impeachment though, be aware that only one SCOTUS Justice has ever been impeached, and since the procedures for impeachment, conviction and eviction are about the same as for impeaching a president, the odds against a successful impeachment process are about zero ...or less.
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As if anything will happen to her because of this. Fat chance. Politicians, thugs and illegals can do as they please with no repercussions.

This ultra-left so-called judge; should move into any Democratic controlled city (which is most) and try to undue the damage the Democrats have done; since the 1964 Great Society Act sponsored by Lyndon Johnson one of the most bigoted and racist presidents.

This act has created three generations of slaves to the Federal Liberal Government!


Friedrich,

SHE ALREADY LIVES IN A "DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED CITY." Washington, DC. 

This woman is a danger to society!

I think I heard that she 2wants to change our flag to a dark background and a bright yellow banana. It would not surprise me.

Ginsburg is to stay out of Politics but is a drunk and can't help herself, it's time to go Judge!,you can't walk and chew gum at the same time.

These people all think they are perfect - they join in with whatever the Elitists want - knowing which side their bread is buttered on ...It is sad to think we have NO ON NOW ON EITHER SIDE OF THE AISLE  that speaks for THE PEOPLE  - nor within the SC - maybe 1 - .. AND IF o GETS A THIRD TERM WE MIGHT AS WELL HEAD FOR THE HILLS -- Obama said publicly to "his public" about the NWO  we are ready  I'ts done ???Wonder what he meant by that ??????   hahaha

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