I note the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with regret –– she earned our deep admiration, and even affection, during her 27 years on the Supreme Court bench. Of course, some of her most important contributions to the law, especially concerning gender discrimination, date back to the 1970s when she cofounded the Women's Rights Project at the ACLU. Upon her death I was surprised to see how infrequently I'd drawn her –– most of my legal cartoons were nasty swipes at many of her typically male adversaries.
I asked Randy Jones if he had any ripe images and he dug up the beauty above from last year's Inner Circle program (more on that here) which depicted the indefatigable RBG and one of her less-than-admirable successors. One of the sadder aspects of her leaving us and the Court now is that it has set in motion an already ugly scramble to replace her with an ideologically opposed judge. Randy gives us another take on RBG in this week's package and this time her unworthy opponent is female, ultra-conservative Amy Coney Barrett.
The whole process has become increasingly fractious as the lines between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches blur and threaten to disappear. Here are a couple of Inx drawings by myself and Tom Hachtman of the last two women who had to run the confirmation gauntlet, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Click on the image to go to the page for download.