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Butler legal community remembers Ginsburg

September 20, 2020 News Extra

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired those working in law across the country, including right here in Butler County.

“I just think that her life and her career is something that everyone should reflect on and grab some strong positive messages to take forward,” said Judge Marilyn Horan, a Butler resident who serves in the U.S. Western District Court in Pittsburgh. “She has a great legacy that she's left us.”

Ginsburg died Friday due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg, who was Jewish, died on the first night of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

Judge Tom Doerr, , the pres­i­dent judge of the But­ler County Court of Com­mon Pleas, said he has some knowledge of the Jewish faith and there is symbolism to the timing of Ginsburg's death.

“If you die immediately on or during Rash Hashanah, in Jewish faith, that's considered for the most- righteous people,” Doerr said. “That description describes Justice Ginsburg. She was very righteous.”

Attorney Dennis W. McCurdy, who practices out of Harmony, said Ginsburg made the “right decisions” based on solid legal evidence and thorough discussion.

“I thought she was one of the last bastions of a Supreme Court that is dedicated to the law over politics and policy,” McCurdy said.

Ginsburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton and had served since Aug. 10, 1993.

This is an excerpt from a story that will appear in Monday's Butler Eagle.

Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger graduated with a degree in journalism in 2015 from Pitt-Johnstown. Previously working as a business reporter for the paper, he took over the crime beat at the Butler Eagle in 2021.