Sunday, July 12, 2009

Justice Ginsburg discusses the importance of a woman's perspective on the Supreme Court

In a Q & A in today's magazine section of the NYT's, Justice Ginsburg talks about the importance of having women on the SCOTUS both in terms of public perception and influence on decision-making.  Her remarks were made in the context of a discussion about the pending Sotomayer nomination.

As an example, Justice Ginsburg opined that certain discrimination cases might be decided differently if the gender composition of the Court were to change.  With respect to the public's perception of the Court, the Justice had this to say:

My basic concern about being [the only woman on the Court] was the public got the wrong perception of the court. It just doesn’t look right in the year 2009.

You can read the whole interview - in which Justice Ginsburg also talks about the recent New Haven firefighters' case - here

For those who've been keeping score at home, the NYT's spelled the Justice's name correctly this time.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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