U.S. Supreme Court

Ginsburg Denies Any Retirement Plans, Says Work Helped After Husband’s Death

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she has no plans to retire anytime soon, despite speculation that she will step down next year and give President Obama a chance to appoint her successor.

Ginsburg, 77, tells the Associated Press that work helped her cope with the death of her husband, Martin, after 56 years of marriage. Her children, she said, persuaded her to appear in court to read one of her opinions the day after he died, convincing her that he would have wanted it that way.

Ginsburg told the wire service that she wants to match Justice Louis Brandeis, who retired at age 82. At another point, she said she will be at the Supreme Court at least until the return of a painting in her office that is out on loan to a traveling exhibition. The Josef Albers artwork should be returned in 2012.

According to AP, “Ginsburg appeared to be in good health and good spirits, even with the strain of her husband’s death and a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2009.” She is now the oldest justice on the court.

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