Ginsburg and Scalia Had Nothing in Common, Except Their Friendship


The "Odd Couple" shared a 30-year friendship, and to the surprise of many, they never let politics break that lasting connection.

By: ISDA Staff

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose this Wednesday and Thursday at the Supreme Court, and she’ll be the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol when her casket is placed in the National Statuary Hall on Friday.

And as debates swirl around her legacy and her replacement on the high court, we at ISDA wanted to take a look back at her remarkable 30-year friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia.

The pair met in the late 80s on the U.S. Court of Appeals – D.C. Circuit, and even then, they had diametrically opposed opinions on the law and politics.

But, the two loved opera and good wine, and would vacation together—all while trading blows on the bench over landmark decisions that would shape the future of America.

Here’s an interview the “Odd Couple” sat down for in 2015:

Peers and the media always marveled over their bond, and wondered how they could be the best of friends, but as Scalia once said of their friendship shortly before he passed away: “some things are more important than votes.”

Ginsburg will be laid to rest next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

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