On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg chatted with people she knew during an outdoor ceremony at the woodsy San Francisco Municipal Railway Track in San Francisco’s Brentwood neighborhood.
Photographers eager to capture the iconic justice’s last public appearance began camped outside the San Francisco municipal line track on Thursday at 7 a.m.
But that might not be the last time you see Justice Ginsburg on a public bench — for quite a while.
The 89-year-old justice, who is up for retirement next year, recently played tennis with her personal physician, Dr. JoAnn Conklin, at the San Francisco Municipal Railway Track in Brentwood, said Steve Nowosky, a public defender and California member of the Justice Ginsburg Family Foundation, as he looked on.
Tuesday, Dr. Conklin sat behind Ginsburg, her son, Mark Stinson, and their nephew, Peter, as they had their first photo-op together after six months apart.And, in an Independence Day interview last week with YNN radio, Mark Stinson said of why he chose to marry his doctor: “The people who wanted to marry her, she said ‘I want you to do that,’ ” Stinson recalled Stinson, “And I said ‘I did that.’ So I’m glad I did.”
The Supreme Court’s fifth justice has been known to attend summer weddings and other public events, but on Thursday, though legally it would have taken her a while to do so, she was eager to give the congratulations and make a few requests, like continuing legal proceedings and appearances in the long-running civil suit against California’s Proposition 8.
“My doctor is telling me to do everything within my rights that I can take care of,” Ginsburg said to YNN radio.Courtroom artwork, she said, was important to her, noting, “That’s where I was born.”
Court photographer Paul Grondahl passed around a large poster of the portrait of Justice Ginsburg she had just painted.“She painted,” Grondahl said to Alameda Journal, describing the big portrait. “She ran the show. She was the right person for the job.”
There is no shortage of sadness in the hallways of the Supreme Court as well — over Ginsburg’s death, a variety of legal and private interests have come to the Court to mourn her, as California Gov. Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump found out Monday when reporters surrounded Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she passed through the Mexican border fence near San Diego.
As they both struggled to understand the circumstances that led to her passing, the press clambered onto Supreme Court benches.Justice John Paul Stevens tweeted: “Another short life, another rock star. My thoughts and prayers are with Chief Justice @realdonaldtrump and his entire family.”