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The Notorious RBG

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Background:Joan Bader Ginsburg was born on March 1933, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the second daughter of Nathan and Cecelia Bader and was born into a low income working class neighborhood.

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Career Background: In 1980 President Jimmy Carter appointed Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the district of Columbia. She was appointed to the U.S Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton to fill the seat of Bryon White. Bill Clinton wanted her on the court to deal with the more conservative members of the court. she was admitted by the senate into the supreme court by a vote of 96 to 3.

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Religious Background: Ruth Bader Ginsburg comes from a Jewish background

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Public service : She served as a clerk for Federal District Judge Edward L. Palmieri. spent two years on a Columbia Law School project, became the second woman to join the faculty of Rutgers Law School. 1963, and she tried many cases for the American Civil Liberties Union before the United States Supreme Court.

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Political Orientation: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was known for being more restrained, except one instance in Bush v. Gore. Equality is very important to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is a part of the moderate-liberal bloc being a strong voice for the cause of women's rights, the rights of workers and for separation of church and state.

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Significant Cases:
Bush v. Gore (2000) -Ginsburg strongly disagreed with her colleagues' decision to halt the presidential election recount that was ordered by the Florida Supreme Court. She argued that long standing traditions of deference to state court interpretations of state law precluded intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court. She wrote that questions regarding the practical possibility of a timely recount should be left to state officials or Congress.
Kentucky v. King (2011) - Ginsburg argued, "There was little risk that drug-related evidence would have been destroyed had the police delayed the search pending a magistrate's authorization." Justice Ginsburg went on to conclude, "In no quarter does the Fourth Amendment apply with greater force than in our homes, our most private space which, for centuries, has been regarded as 'entitled to special protection' . . . . 'If the officers in this case were excused from the constitutional duty of presenting their evidence to a magistrate, it is difficult to think of [any] case in which [a warrant] should be required.'"
Miller v. Johnson (1995) -Ginsburg's jurisprudence also includes a consistent deference to other branches and levels of government. This is reflected in her famous dissent in the case of Bush v. Gore. Justice Ginsburg strongly disagreed with her colleagues' decision to halt the presidential election recount that was ordered by the Florida Supreme Court. She argued that long standing traditions of deference to state court interpretations of state law precluded intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court. She wrote that questions regarding the practical possibility of a timely recount should be left to state officials or Congress.

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