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Ginsburg offers second reason for snoozing during State of the Union: an all-nighter and a 'hot pen'

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg caused something of a stir last week when she offered an excuse for nodding off during President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Ginsburg said she had dined with other justices before they attended the speech, and wine was on the menu. “I wasn’t 100 percent sober,” Ginsburg said.

In an interview broadcast on Monday night on MSNBC, Ginsburg explained that the dinner merited good wine and offered a second explanation for her sleepiness: She hadn’t slept the previous night because she was writing. “I thought to myself, ‘Don’t stay up all night,’ ” she told MSNBC. “But then my pen was hot.” Law.com summarized Ginsburg’s comments.

Ginsburg also said:

–Her late husband was her best friend and pivotal to her success: “In the course of a marriage, one accommodates the other,” Ginsburg remarked. “So, for example, when Marty was intent on becoming a partner in a New York law firm in five years, during that time, I was the major caretaker of our home and then child. But when I started up the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, Marty realized how important that work was.” Ginsburg added that she hasn’t cooked since 1980.

–Ginsburg said she doesn’t expect the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade: “I don’t want to make any predictions, but precedent is important in this court.”

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