Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she and now-retired colleague Sandra Day O'Connor were the targets of an Internet death threat last year because of their citation of foreign law in decisions. In a speech in South Africa, Ginsburg suggested the threat was prompted by Republican-sponsored congressional bills that would prohibit federal courts from referring to foreign laws or rulings in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Ginsburg said such measures "fuel the irrational fringe."
Justice Ginsburg Says Death Threat Fueled by Dispute Over International Law
March 16, 2006