Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead: US Supreme Court justice dies of cancer aged 87 | World | News
Ms Ginsburg was an iconic leader of women’s rights in America and became a prominent feminist figurehead. She died on Friday from metastatic pancreatic cancer in Washington DC surrounded by her family.
Ms Ginsburg was the oldest sitting justice on the US Supreme Court.
In a statement, Chief Justice John Roberts said: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature.
“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.”
Ms Ginsburg’s death will spark political tensions over who succeeds her as the US presidential elections approach.
The Supreme Court Justice often has the final say on highly controversial laws between the US federal government and states.
Since taking office President Trump has appointed two judges.
The current court is seen to mostly have a 5-4 conservative majority.
On Friday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Mr Trump’s nomination for Ms Ginsburg’s replacement will receive a vote on the Senate floor.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that American’s should have their vote in the US election before the vacancy is filled.
He said: “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
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