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What Happens If Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Unable To Continue Working?


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Sure, Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life.

That’s our system, and it avoids (or is supposed to avoid) things like undue influence to the members of the Supreme Court.

In much the same way members of Congress are frequently criticized for being “bought and paid for”, the lifetime appointment of Supreme Court Justices is supposed to mitigate against that risk.

But it does open up another interesting question.

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What happens if a Justice becomes so sick or incapacitated that they’re unable to return to work?  

What’s the standard? 

Interestingly, the Supreme Court just weighed in on this very matter because of a 9th Circuit Appeals Court judge died before his opinion was published!

The Supreme Court handed down this wisdom, which I can’t help but wondering if it may apply to the infamous RBG:

“Federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.”

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