Lib­eral jus­tice breaks ribs in fall

The Southland Times - - World -

Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg frac­tured three ribs in a fall in her of­fice at the court and is in hos­pi­tal, the court said yes­ter­day.

The court’s old­est jus­tice fell on Thurs­day evening, the court said. She called Supreme Court po­lice to take her to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Wash­ing­ton af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort overnight, court spokes­woman Kathy Ar­berg said. She was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment and ob­ser­va­tion af­ter tests showed she frac­tured three ribs.

In her ab­sence, the court went ahead yes­ter­day with a court­room cer­e­mony wel­com­ing new Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh, who joined the court last month. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and new act­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matthew Whi­taker were on hand.

Gins­burg has had a se­ries of health prob­lems. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two bouts with cancer and had a stent im­planted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She was also hos­pi­talised af­ter a bad re­ac­tion to medicine in 2009.

But she has never missed Supreme Court ar­gu­ments. The court won’t hear ar­gu­ments again un­til No­vem­ber 26.

Ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton in 1993, Gins­burg re­buffed sug­ges­tions from some lib­er­als that she should step down in the first two years of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sec­ond term, when Democrats also con­trolled the Se­nate and would have been likely to con­firm her suc­ces­sor.

She al­ready has hired clerks for the term that ex­tends into 2020, in­di­cat­ing she has no plans to re­tire.

Gins­burg leads the court’s lib­eral wing. –AP

Ruth Bader Gins­burg

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.