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Chief Justice John Roberts: Ginsburg 'a jurist of historic stature'

Chief Justice John Roberts: Ginsburg 'a jurist of historic stature'
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general MORE was a “jurist of historic stature” in a statement announcing her death Friday evening. 

Ginsburg died of complications with pancreatic cancer at 87 years old. 

“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” Roberts said. “Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice.” 

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Friday evening the nation mourned Ginsburg, a liberal firebrand who championed women’s rights throughout her career. 

Ginsburg was nominated to the high court by then-President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court and served as a justice for more than 27 years. 

Her death instantly sparked a partisan battle among lawmakers over the vacancy on the bench, which comes less than two months before Election Day.

The conservative-majority court has five conservative justices, including Roberts, and Ginsburg was one of the four liberal judges. 

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