Supreme Court Jus­tice Gins­burg breaks three ribs af­ter fall in of­fice

Lodi News-Sentinel - - NATION - By De­nis Slat­tery

Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg broke three ribs in a fall Wed­nes­day at her of­fice and is re­cov­er­ing in the hospi­tal.

The court re­leased a state­ment Thurs­day morn­ing say­ing that the 85-year-old ju­rist went to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal in Wash­ing­ton af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort overnight.

Gins­burg was ad­mit­ted to the hospi­tal for treat­ment and ob­ser­va­tion af­ter tests re­vealed the frac­tured ribs.

Gins­burg broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent im­planted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is ex­pected to visit the Supreme Court Thurs­day morn­ing for Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh’s of­fi­cial wel­com­ing cer­e­mony.

Ka­vanaugh, who took his place on the na­tion’s high­est court last month af­ter a con­tentious con­fir­ma­tion process, will skip a nearly 45-year tra­di­tion and not walk down the Court’s mar­ble front steps along­side the chief jus­tice. In an­other break from the past, the cer­e­mony won’t be broad­cast live.

The court said the de­ci­sion was made due to se­cu­rity con­cerns linked to Ka­vanaugh’s con­fir­ma­tion.

Ka­vanaugh was con­firmed by a 50-to-48 vote in the Se­nate fol­low­ing heated hear­ings cen­tered on ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct while he was in high school and col­lege, which he de­nied.

ROGER L. WOLLENBERG/ABACA PRESS FILE PHO­TO­GRAPH

Ruth Bader Gins­berg sits with fel­low Supreme Court Jus­tices of the United States for a for­mal group photo in 2010. Gins­burg broke three ribs in a fall Wed­nes­day at her of­fice and is re­cov­er­ing in the hospi­tal.

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