Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke today to the Second Circuit Judicial Conference and according to a copy of her prepared remarks dropped a number of tantalizing clues about some of the most important cases still pending before the Supreme Court this term.
Her remarks speak for themselves, so I have excerpted them at length, especially as regards the census citizenship case and the partisan gerrymandering cases, which have not yet been decided and remain among the most-watched decisions still to come down from the Supreme Court this term.
- On the impact of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement:
- Suggesting how closely divided the Supreme Court may be on this term’s still-pending cases:
- Asserting the “huge importance” of the census citizenship question case and proceeding to characterize it in ways that seem to hint that the court has reached a decision she opposes:
- Forcefully asserting what is at stake in the partisan gerrymandering cases, which remain pending before the court (the last line here seems very carefully honed):
All will be known in the next few weeks, as the current term winds down.