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For Justice Ginsburg, Dangerous Transportation Incidents Aren’t Limited to Plane Evacuations

Posted Sep 16, 2011 10:38 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has exited a plane via the emergency chute and ridden an elephant with Justice Antonin Scalia.

She recalled both transportation incidents in a talk to law students on Thursday at the University of California at Hastings, report the Associated Press and the Contra Costa Times.

Ginsburg and other passengers had to exit a smoky plane at Dulles International Airport on Wednesday by sliding down an emergency chute, AP says. “I had not planned that as part of my journey,” she said.

She also recalled the elephant ride with Scalia on a trip to India, according to the Contra Costa Times. “It was quite a magnificent, very elegant elephant," Ginsburg said. "And my feminist friends, when they see the photograph of Ginsburg and Scalia on this elephant, say, 'Ruth, why are you sitting in the back?' "

During her speech, Ginsburg called for equality for gays and said reviewing death penalty cases is "a dreadful part of the business," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Ginsburg said she decided not to take the position that the death penalty is unconstitutional in every case so she could remain part of the debate.

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