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Here is a memorial comment from Justice Scalia’s son.
I’m very sad to hear about the passing of my parents’ good friend, and my father’s wonderful colleague, Justice Ginsburg. May her memory be a blessing. I’d like to share a couple of passages that convey what she meant to my dad.
This is from a roast he delivered for her 10th anniversary on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. They’d been colleagues on that court until he went to the Supreme Court; she hadn’t joined him there yet—and he missed her.
“That’s all I have to say by way of roasting, but I will conclude with a few earnest comments. I have missed Ruth very much since leaving the Court of Appeals. She was the best of colleagues, as she is the best of friends. I wish her a hundred years.”
This is a story that Judge Jeffrey Sutton shares about an encounter late in my dad’s life, when he bought his friend Ruth two dozen roses for her birthday. “Some things in life are more important than votes.”
“During one of my last visits with Justice Scalia, I saw striking evidence of the Scalia-Ginsberg relationship. As I got up to leave his chambers, he pointed to two dozen roses on his table and noted that he needed to take them down to ‘Ruth’ for her birthday. ‘Wow’, I said, ‘I doubt I have given a total of 24 roses to my wife in almost thirty years of marriage.’ ‘You ought to try it some time’, he retorted. Unwilling to give him the last word, I pushed back: ‘So what good have all these roses done for you?’ Name one five-four case of any significance where you got Justice Ginsburg’s vote.’ ‘Some things,’ he answered, ‘are more important than votes.’ I let him have the last word.”