More justice chatter: Ginsburg on recovery, Roberts on Ginsburg

The Supreme Court may be in recess until next week, but we are hearing from a number of justices as they traverse the country for speaking engagements.

ginsburgLawyers USA‘s Nora Lockwood Tooher was there when Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed an audience in Boston, where she said the support of her fellow justices and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor helped her through her recent recovery from cancer surgery.

“We are in many ways like a family,” Ginsburg said of the Court’s justices.

Ginsburg said that the advice O’Connor – who like Ginsburg had cancer surgery during her tenure on the bench without missing a day – gave was to have surgery on a Friday, “get over it over the weekend, and go back Monday.” More on Ginsburg’s talk here from Lawyers USA.

cjrobertsMeanwhile, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. spoke at an Idaho university Friday, where he noted that Ginsburg once told him former Chief Justice William Rehnquist was the best boss she’d ever had.

“I haven’t heard she has revised that assessment,” Roberts said, drawing laughter, according to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Roberts focused most of his comments on President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated this year. Roberts said that Lincoln, as a lawyer and a president, always had an inherent sense of justice. “He could not ignore his internal compass,” Roberts said.

During the speech Roberts was confronted by an audience member claiming to wield documentation showing that President Barack Obama does not meet the citizenship requirement for the presidency. The Supreme Court has already refused to hear several petitions in cases questioning Obama’s citizenship.

Roberts told her to give the documents to security officers, but otherwise declined to discuss the case.

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