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NCJ Number: 151744 Find in a Library
Title: First-term Performance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Journal: Judicature  Volume:78  Issue:2  Dated:(September-October 1994)  Pages:74-80
Author(s): C E Smith; J A Baugh; T R Hensley; S P Johnson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's initial term on the Court starting in 1993 concludes that true to her word, Justice Ginsburg demonstrated that she would not align herself with any ideological wing.
Abstract: In crucial cases in which the justices were deeply divided, Ginsburg regularly sided with the liberals. However, she was most inclined to agree with other members of the Court's middle, including Justice Kennedy, when deciding other cases. In several specific cases, Ginsburg's presence on the Court may have produced new liberal outcomes favoring individuals, but in many other cases, especially those concerning criminal justice, she regularly joined the conservative justices in supporting the government's position. Ginsberg apparently did not require any period of adjustment before participating fully in the Supreme Court's decisionmaking. In addition, she does not currently appear intent on advancing a broad women's rights agenda. Moreover, her decisionmaking patterns have placed her in the middle of the Court. Finally, it is unclear whether her assertiveness during oral arguments has alienated some of her colleagues and will reduce her influence. Footnotes
Main Term(s): US Supreme Court
Index Term(s): Judges; US Supreme Court decisions
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