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View Poll Results: Should a sitting Supreme Court justice comment on a presidential candidate or nominee?
Yes 25 23.81%
No 80 76.19%
Voters: 105. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-13-2016, 05:43 AM
 
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Ginsberg is probably doing this to rile the Liberal base. It's imperative to her for Clinton to win, as it is her ( Ginsberg's ) legacy at stake, as she knows she probably doesn't have it in her to hold out for another 4 years if Trump wins.
It's entirely possible she's doing exactly the opposite. Just sayin'...
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:47 AM
 
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Ginsburg shows that an ugly soul creates an ugly face.
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:35 AM
 
Location: SC
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I don't know. Aren't SCOTUS Justices there to provide their opinions...?
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Of laws, not politicians or really any individual.
Normally, i would say no, a justice in my opinion is still entitled to their own opinion and to participate in the election process as a citizen. But if any issues arrise where they had to decide as a judge about a legal issue related to the former candidate that they spoke against, that would put them into a tough moral position - not a legal bind. So, imo, they could, but shouldn't make their personal feeling known.

But the situation is different for RBG, she knows she will be gone from the court soon - no matter who wins - so her choice is to do all she can to prevent someone she feels is unqualified from hurting the country. I have no problem with what she is doing because of her advanced age and likelihood of retirement.
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Tampa Florida
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I feel there is no issue here, as far as I can tell, she has a pattern of pretty much always stating the truth...
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:25 AM
 
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I feel there is no issue here, as far as I can tell, she has a pattern of pretty much always stating the truth...

surprise surprise.

bob doesn't have a problem with unethical behavior.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If Trump becomes President, wouldn't she have to recuse herself on some cases now that she revealed her prejudices?
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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If Trump becomes President, wouldn't she have to recuse herself on some cases now that she revealed her prejudices?
Ethically, yes. But it won't happen.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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"Should a supreme court justice comment..?"

No, I don't believe so.

"Can a supreme court justice comment...?"

Yes, they are still citizens of the country.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:46 AM
 
Location: 500 miles from home
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NO.... They are there to interpret laws.
Even that assessment is wrong. They aren't there to inject their opinions in to the law, they are there to interpret it in spite of their opinions or political leanings...


Justice Scalia nailed it when he said that " a judge who always likes his decisions probably isn't a very good judge.
At least Ginsberg was up front about it. Scalia just went behind everyone's back. OH - and took bribes so . . .
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:10 AM
 
Location: CT
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I agree with the OP, Ginsberg is entitled to her political opinion but places a question on her ability to judge a case based on law without political bias. But I think her greater error is to hand Trump a gift wrapped opportunity to create more controversy and get free news coverage. So, today it's a headline, is it how he's going to "make America great again"? No, it's a pissing war with an 85 year old SC justice. Nobody is a winner in this mess.
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