BREAKING NEWS Lee County Coroner investigates apparent drowning of missing person Full Story

Ginsburg laments modern-day contentious confirmation hearings

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that modern-day Supreme Court confirmation hearings have become a "highly p...

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 9:24 AM
Updated: Sep 13, 2018 9:24 AM

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that modern-day Supreme Court confirmation hearings have become a "highly partisan show."

"The way it was, was right," she said, referring to her own hearings in 1993 when, as a former lawyer for the ACLU, she was confirmed 96-3.

Confirmation hearings

Government and public administration

Government organizations - US

Politics

US Congress

US Senate

"The way it is, is wrong," she added.

Supreme Court justices want politics out of nomination hearings. It didn't happen.

The comments at the George Washington University come just after the contentious hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee.

Ginsburg was interviewed by Goodwin H. Liu, a former clerk who now sits on the California Supreme Court.

Ginsburg said that now both parties move in lockstep.

"I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back the way it was," she said.

On a lighter note, Liu also referred to Ginsburg's well-known fitness regime and asked the 85-year-old justice whether any other sitting justice could do as many push-ups.

Ginsburg allowed that Justice Neil Gorsuch was one possible candidate because he rides his bike to work every day. And she said that Chief Justice John Roberts is another "possibility."

Article Comments

Tupelo
Clear
30° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 21°
Columbus
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 24°
Oxford
Clear
27° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 18°
Starkville
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 27°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather