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Wednesday, March 15, 2006


SUPREME COURT JUSTICE GINSBURG BLAMES REPUBLICANS FOR DEATH THREAT AGAINST HER 

73 year old Supreme Court Justice says Republican politicians who oppose foreign law "fuel the irrational fringe"


This should raise some eyebrows in Washington.

In a speech last month at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Ginsburg suggested the [death] threat was prompted by bills introduced by Republicans in Congress that would prohibit federal courts from referring to foreign laws or rulings in interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

"Although I doubt the current measures will garner sufficient votes to pass, it is disquieting that they have attracted sizable support," said Ginsburg. "And one not-so-small concern - they fuel the irrational fringe." She then revealed the online threat.


Ginsburg gave a spirited defense of citing foreign law in court decisions. Ginsburg points to finding "basic fairness" in terms of using foreign law to arrive at decisions. While some see the Constitution as a legal document that grants powers, states what powers are proscribed and does not mention certain rights others see the Constitution as what they wish it to be.

Text of Ginsburg's speech in South Africa.

Others commenting: PowerLine, CaliforniaCons on Sandra Day O'Connor, Ace of Spades, , Malkin,

Washington Post Editorial: Citing Foreign Law

Legal Times: Justice Ginsburg Acknowledges Death Threat Against Her

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