Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from a Washington, D.C. hospital Friday afternoon. She was hospitalized for light-headedness following a routine outpatient treatment for iron deficiency. Justice Ginsburg, the High Court’s sixth-most senior member, also underwent surgery in February related to early-stage pancreatic cancer.
Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Keenan was recently nominated to fill a longtime vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond. Justice Keenan has served on the Supreme Court of Virginia for nearly two decades, and she is one of only three individuals to serve at all three levels of the Virginia state court system.
Justice Keenan’s nomination is significant because the Fourth Circuit is known for two things: its high number of vacancies on the federal bench and its conservative jurisprudence. As President Barack Obama tries his hand at filling judicial vacancies—presumably with more liberal jurists—the Fourth Circuit may simultaneously lose both of these reputations. Also noteworthy, if Justice Keenan is confirmed rapidly enough, Governor Tim Kaine will nominate yet another jurist to the Virginia Supreme Court, bringing his total to three appointments to the state’s highest court.
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