Justice Stephen Breyer reflected on the loss of his supreme court colleague, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in an MSNBC interview.
“She made the world a better place for us to live in,” Breyer told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell.
The liberal justice said his “heart sank” when he learned last Friday that his good friend had died. Breyer said he was informed about her death in a phone call that came while he was reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish at a virtual Rosh Hashanah service.
Breyer said he believed Ginsburg would be remembered as “a very brilliant and great jurist” and as a “woman of valor.”
Virginia governor tests positive for coronavirus
The governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus.
The Democratic governor said they received tests after a member of their residence staff developed symptoms and tested positive for the virus.
Northam’s wife, Pam, is experiencing mild symptoms, and the governor is asymptomatic. Northam said they would quarantine for 10 days and then reevaluate their symptoms.
“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Northam said in a statement.
“The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of.
“We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this seriously.”
Northam is the third governor known to have contracted coronavirus. Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced earlier this week he had tested positive, and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced his positive test result in July.
The father of Jacob Blake, who was shot by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last month, spoke at the Louisville press conference.
Jacob Blake Sr expressed his condolences to Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, and said he understood her pain about having your child be shot by police.
Blake noted he drove eight hours to Louisville to be with Taylor’s family after a grand jury declined to issue charges in the fatal police shooting.
“We didn’t choose this fraternity,” Blake said. “This fraternity chose us.”
Activist Tamika Mallory criticized Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, after a grand jury declined to issue charges in direct connection to the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Mallory compared Cameron, who is black, to the “sellout Negroes that sold our people into slavery.”
“You are a coward. You are a sellout. And you were used by the system,” Mallory said. “You do not belong to black people at all.”
Taylor’s mother: ‘I never had faith in Daniel Cameron’
Bianca Austin, the aunt of Breonna Taylor, delivered a statement on behalf of Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, at the Louisville press conference.
Austin wore Taylor’s EMT jacket as she delivered her statement.
“I never had faith in Daniel Cameron to begin with,” Palmer said in the statement that Austin read.
Palmer said Cameron, Kentucky’s attorney general, was “too inexperienced” to secure justice for her daughter after she was fatally shot by police.
“What he helped me realize is that it will always be us against them,” Palmer said in the statement.
Palmer noted that some might try to dismiss her as “an angry black woman.”
“Know this: I am an angry black woman,” Palmer said. “Angry because our black women keep dying at the hands of police officers.”
Palmer also argued it was not Cameron alone who failed Taylor, but the entire legal system, which gave the police officers a no-knock warrant to enter Taylor’s home and fatally shoot her.
“You robbed the world of a queen,” Palmer said.
Another lawyer representing Breonna Taylor’s family, Lonita Baker, called on Kentucky’s attorney general to “quit dodging the questions” about her death.
Baker noted that the attorney general, Daniel Cameron, refused to answer a question about whether he made a recommendation on charges to the grand jury.
Cameron has also not said whether he presented charges related to the fatal police shooting of Taylor.
A grand jury indicted only one of the three police officers involved in the shooting of Taylor, but those charges were related to an officer blindly firing into the apartment of Taylor’s neighbors.
Crump calls on Cameron to release grand jury transcripts in Taylor case
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the family of Breonna Taylor, called on Kentucky’s attorney general to release the transcripts from the grand jury process.
Attorney general Daniel Cameron has argued the police officers who fatally shot Taylor were “justified” in their use of force because Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot before they started shooting.
(A 911 call placed shortly after the shooting indicates Walker did not know the shooters were police officers.)
Crump argued people could not be reassured that Cameron did everything he could for Taylor unless they saw what was presented to the grand jury.
Crump led the crowd at the press conference in a chant of, “Release the transcripts!”
Breonna Taylor’s family holds press conference
The family of Breonna Taylor is holding a press conference in Louisville, two days after a grand jury declined to issue charges in direct connection to the fatal police shooting of Taylor.
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Taylor family, noted Jacob Blake Sr is also present for today’s press conference.
Blake’s son, Jacob Blake Jr, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last month and is now paralyzed.
One man walked up to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket and started doing push-ups as he paid his respects.
According to Capitol Hill pool reporters, that man was Ginsburg’s trainer.
Ginsburg’s exercise routine attracted tremendous interest in 2018 and even became the focus of a Saturday Night Live skit.
It should be noted Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell was not present for this morning’s ceremony honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy also chose not to attend. The highest-ranking Republican lawmaker who was present for the ceremony appeared to be House minority whip Steve Scalise.
A friend of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Denyce Graves, closed out the Capitol ceremony by singing “American Anthem.”
A recurring lyric in the song is, “America, America, I gave my best to you.”
Lawmakers are now coming up to Ginsburg’s casket one by one to pay their respects to the late supreme court justice.