Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized: Report
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized with an infection caused by a gallstone, the court announced Tuesday, according to CNN.
Ginsburg, 87 underwent nonsurgical treatment Tuesday afternoon at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She’s expected to remain in the hospital for a “day or two,” a court spokeswoman said in a statement.
The justice had undergone outpatient tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., Monday following oral arguments with the court, which confirmed that she had a gallstone blocking her cystic duct, resulting in an infection.
“The justice is resting comfortably and plans to participate in the oral argument teleconference tomorrow morning remotely from the hospital,” the Supreme Court said in a statement.
Wednesday’s case — set to be argued via teleconference due to the coronavirus — has involved a lengthy battle spanning eight years with the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious group serving the poor and elderly. All justices are participating via phone, so Ginsburg should have no impediments to staying involved in the case.
Ginsburg has faced some challenges concerning her health, fueling speculation that her possible exit from the court could provide an opportunity for President Trump to appoint a third justice to the bench. However, she consistently has slapped down any notion that her departure from the nation’s highest court was imminent, insisting that she’d like to remain on the bench until she’s 90 years old.
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