Justice Ginsburg Appears at U.S. Supreme Court After Illness

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Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has faced various health scares over the past year, made a public appearance at the court on Monday after missing a day of oral arguments last week due to illness.

Ginsburg, 86, stepped up unassisted to the bench for a brief court session on Monday, sipped from a silver-colored cup during the session and – as has become normal in recent months – was helped down from the bench by her colleague, Justice Clarence Thomas, after it concluded.

She had a stomach bug and did not attend last Wednesday’s court session, according to a court spokeswoman. She did participate in the justices’ private meeting on Friday to discuss which new cases to hear.

Ginsburg’s health is closely watched because another Supreme Court vacancy would give President Donald Trump the opportunity to appoint a third justice to the nine-member court and move it further to the right. The court’s 5-4 conservative majority includes two justices named by Trump.

In August, Ginsburg underwent radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer. She had two cancerous nodules in her left lung removed last December, and had previously been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999.

The oldest justice on the court, Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by Democratic President Bill Clinton.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

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Thomas
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If it is wasn’t for the risk of altering our Constitution, I would endorse AGE LIMITS set for serving on the highest court of our land. As someone in his 70s, who had a career in positions that required high-level knowledge and above-average cognitive skills, I personally experienced a pronounced premature slowing of specific cognitive skills in my late 60s. Now, I am dealing with onset dementia, and it is a challenge to accept that I can no longer think at the level that I once felt was routine. I fully comprehend each person ages differently in terms of physical,… Read more »

Betsy Lawson
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How old is Ruthie the dinosaur? Seriously she must have known Lincoln.

William Conley
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Ok this is getting ridiculous how many other jobs do they keep people on who clearly are no longer physically capable of performing the job, or at several occasions unable to even show up. She can’t even walk down a slight incline on her own, but she’s capable of performing her job? Just replace her already she’s 86 years old nobody they old needs to even be in the government. Retire and enjoy what little time you have left already it’s obvious you’re circling the drain. Why let all this partisan BS dictate the remainder of your life? Hell just… Read more »

Sherri
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I wonder if the pledges from the left will start up again. The “I’ll give her a year of my life” stuff. Yes, people have said that, it was a big thing. Look it up.

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