Justice Ginsburg pumps iron to stay on the bench

Who says 80 is too old to hit the gym, or the gavel? Notoriously tough Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still exercising her best judgment.

Despite suffering injuries to her ribs in May, 80-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg made headlines yesterday after resolutely resisting pressure from her peers to reitre. With a healthy exercise plan that includes lifting weights, Justice Ginsburg believes she is still fit enough to work. "I was so pleased that this year I couldn't see that I was slipping in any respect," she told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

Justice Ginsburg said she hopes to stay on the bench for several more years, vowing not to be influenced by fellow liberals who want to make sure that President Barack Obama can choose her successor prior to the presidential election in 2016. Her determination has been cricitized by others, such as former law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall Randall Kennedy, who told Reuters that "the responsible thing" would be for her to step down.

But this is not the first time Ginsburg has overcome pressure to consider her retirement options. In 2011, after she received confirmation of her triumph over two bouts of cancer, rumors kept circulating that she would step down, according to USA Today. Ginsburg stood her ground then, too, despite added pressure from the 2012 election, when presidential appointments quickly become a polarizing factor. The 'notorious RBG,' as her fans often call her, was even deemed the "toughest Surpeme Court Justice ever" by The Atlantic Wire in August 2012 after breaking two ribs and not taking any time off work.

It is clear that Justice Ginsburg won't be stepping down anytime soon. If Ginsburg has it her way, and she can keep up with her workout routine, critics may have to voice their concerns for years to come.

By mail.com contributor James Doughty

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