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Ginsburg talks of her friendship with late Scalia

Aug 1, 2017

Ruth Bader Ginsburg giving opening remarks at Greenwald Pavillon.
Credit Alycin Bektesh

Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke last night at the McCloskey Speakers series at the Aspen Institute.

She began by describing her friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia: the conservative justice appointed by Ronald Reagan. They often agreed to disagree on how to interpret the constitution.

“The original constitution was written in 1787. Who were ‘we the people?’ White males who owned property,” she said.

She described their mutual love for opera. Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, asked her questions about her long and storied legal career. Despite her fondness for Justice Scalia, she was unwavering in her principles that separated the two, ideologically.