Usually, when a Supreme Courtroom justice dies, their workers is given loads of time to wash out their workplace and prepared it for the following justice to carry that seat. Certainly, prior to now when a brand new justice is sworn in earlier than the late justice’s workplace could be totally cleaned, the brand new justice takes a short lived workplace till their everlasting digs are prepared.
However that’s not what occurred when Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. As detailed in an excerpt from CNN Supreme Courtroom analyst Joan Biskupic’s new guide, 9 Black Robes: Contained in the Supreme Courtroom’s Drive to the Proper and Its Historic Penalties, Chief Justice Roberts wasted no time making room for RBG’s alternative:
Inside days of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s memorial service in late September 2020, bins of her recordsdata and different workplace possessions have been moved all the way down to a darkish, windowless theater on the Supreme Courtroom’s floor flooring, the place – earlier than the continuing pandemic – vacationers may watch a movie about courtroom operations.
Grieving aides to the justice who’d served 27 years and turn out to be a cultural icon generally known as the “Infamous RBG” sorted via the chambers’ contents there.
The abrupt mandate from Chief Justice John Roberts’ administrative group to filter out Ginsburg’s workplace and make approach for the following justice broke from the frequent apply of permitting workers ample time to maneuver and offering a brand new justice with short-term quarters if wanted whereas everlasting chambers have been readied.
It was late September when RBG’s stuff acquired evicted — that’s weeks earlier than Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination was confirmed on October twenty sixth. And that was famous for being a remarkably quick affirmation course of! Maybe there was an unstated must rid the Courtroom of RBG’s possessions earlier than the conservative majority took up the method of dismantling her authorized legacy.
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