U.S. Supreme Court

Ginsburg says she will stay on the Supreme Court 'next year for certain'

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg plans to remain on the U.S. Supreme Court at least through next year.

Ginsburg, 79, spoke to the New Yorker (preview only) about her plans, the Washington Post reports at its Post Politics blog.

“It’s not this year. You can never tell when you’re my age,” Ginsburg said. “But, as long as I think I have the candlepower, I will do it. And I figure next year for certain. After that, who knows?”

The New Yorker says Ginbsurg has a “reputation for reserve” though she is “by far, the current court’s most accomplished litigator.” When he was a lawyer, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. had argued more cases before the Supreme Court than Ginsburg, but most were “disputes of modest significance,” the story says. Ginsburg, on the other hand, argued some of the most important women’s rights cases in the court’s history.

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