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Local historian, judge react to Ginsberg’s death

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QUINCY (WGEM) — A Quincy University history professor and a local judge remembered Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's work for equality, following her death Friday night.

Missouri 10th Judicial Circuit Presiding Judge Rachel Shepard said Ginsburg was instrumental in Missouri law regarding women serving on juries.

In 1979, she argued a case in the U.S Supreme Court saying women not being able to serve on juries wasn't fair. The Dupreme Court agreed with her, giving women the opportunity and duty to serve on juries.

"She certainly set a wonderful example of civility and professionalism, and by all accounts she had a really good relationship with Justice Scalia and they were certainly opposite ends of the philosophical spectrum, but she set an example for all judges and lawyers about civility and professionalism," said Shepard.

She said Justice Ginsburg will be remembered for the ability to remain civil and friendly with people she disagreed with.

Quincy University history professor Justin Coffey said this is a highly political moment as well, as President Trump has the ability to nominate a third Supreme Court justice.

"If Trump does choose a candidate in the next several days, you are going to see a fight over this Supreme Court nominee the likes of which will be the most monumental really in history. It's going to be brutal, it's going to be nasty," said Coffey.

Coffey said this seat on the supreme court is especially important as another conservative judge on the Court would mean 6 conservatives and 3 liberals would be making decisions on important issues like reproductive rights and gun control.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel said the Senate will vote on a nomination if President Trump puts one forward.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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