June 27, 2010

Martin Ginsburg, justice's husband, dies

WASHINGTON — Ruth Bader Ginsburg called her husband, Martin, her "biggest supporter" and talked about him as if he was just as important in getting her on the Supreme Court as President Clinton.

Martin Ginsburg, 78, who died Sunday from complications of metastatic cancer, encouraged his wife to develop her pioneering legal career. She became the first woman law professor awarded tenure at Columbia University, founded the ACLU Women's Rights Project in 1972, and won five of six anti-discrimination cases she argued before the Supreme Court. In 1993, she became the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court.

When President Clinton announced Ginsburg's nomination in June 1993, the would-be justice highlighted the help she had received from her husband along the way. She called him "my life's partner … who has been, since our teenage years, my best friend and biggest booster."

Martin Ginsburg, justice's husband, dies

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