Sandra Day O’Connor Dies at 93

Sandra Day O’Connor Dies at 93

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, died on Friday at 93 in Phoenix, Arizona.

According to an announcement from the court, O’Connor died due to complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory illness.

President Ronald Reagan nominated her in 1981 and she was confirmed by the full Senate with the result 99-0.

In her nearly quarter-century as associate justice, he was often the decisive vote in major cases that reached the US Supreme Court.

During O’Connor’s tenure, some justice issues relied on high-profile cases, including Bush v. Gore.

That memorable case settled the 2000 presidential contest in George W. Bush’s favor.

Another popular case was the Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, a decision that affirmed the constitutional right to an abortion.

Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday said that Sandra Day O'Connor “blazed a historic trail as Nation’s first female Justice.”

Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, said the “nation mourns the passing of a towering figure in the history of American law.”

O’Connor was born on 26 March 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a ranch in Arizona.

Sandra Day O'Connor graduated near the top of her law school class at Stanford University in 1952.

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