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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pays Poignant Tribute to 'Best Buddy' Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg paid tribute Sunday to Antonin Scalia, the colleague and unlikely friend who died a day earlier.

Ginsburg, who forged a close bond with Scalia despite their places on opposits sides of the ideological spectrum, called her friend “a jurist of captivating brilliance and wit.”

“We were best buddies,” she said of her colleague who died Saturday at 79, wryly adding that she disagreed with Scalia “now and then.”

Ginsburg said that Scalia “was eminently quotable, his pungent opinions so clearly stated that his words never slipped from the reader’s grasp.”

She even cited a duet sung by the two justices in the 2015 opera “Scalia/Ginsburg” titled: “We are different, we are one.”

Ginsburg and Scalia, Ginsburg wrote, were “different in our interpretation of written texts, one in our reverence for the Constitution and the institution we serve.”

In a sign of their mutual affection, Ginsburg affected the tone of a review of their beloved opera in her tribute to Scalia:

The famous friendship between the two judges has become a rallying cry of sorts for bipartisanship as Republicans and Democrats appear to be headed on an election year collision course over choosing a replacement for Scalia.

Former President Bill Clinton told CNN that Scalia’s bond with Ginsburg serves as a model for refusing to let ideological differences preclude civility or even friendship.

With Reuters


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