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Oral Dissents Give Ginsburg A New Voice

Publication Date: 
May 30, 2007
The New York Times
Linda Greenhouse

In this "Supreme Court Memo," Linda Greenhouse discusses Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg's new approach and quotes Professor Pam Karlan, who co-directs the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Greenhouse writes:

Whatever else may be said about the Supreme Court’s current term, which ends in about a month, it will be remembered as the time when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg found her voice, and used it.

Both in the abortion case the court decided last month and the discrimination ruling it issued on Tuesday, Justice Ginsburg read forceful dissents from the bench.

...“What she is saying is that this is not law, it’s politics,” Pamela S. Karlan, a Stanford law professor, said of Justice Ginsburg’s comment linking the outcome in the abortion case to the fact of the court’s changed membership. “She is accusing the other side of making political claims, not legal claims.”