The dying wish of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was to not be replaced until after the next president is inaugurated in January.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg said in parting statement she dictated days before her death Friday, to her granddaughter Clara Spera, according to NPR.
Ginsburg died from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas, the Supreme Court announced.
Her final wish acknowledged the battle to come.
Her departure as a left-leaning leader of the court could jolt the bench farther to the right, setting the table for potential challenges of landmark decisions, like Roe V. Wade.
A third appointment from President Trump would give conservatives a 6-to-3 majority.
“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., said of Ginsburg.
“We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.”
Without Ginsburg, the Supreme Court is left with three liberal justices: Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. The conservative justices include Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, with John Roberts also leaning to the right.
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