Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg hospitalized with 3 broken ribs
WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday with three broken ribs after falling in her office Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman said.
Ginsburg, 85, went home after her fall, but experienced discomfort during the night. She was admitted to George Washington University Hospital, where doctors found three broken ribs on her left side, said Kathy Arberg, a Supreme Court spokeswoman.
The next sitting of the Supreme Court begins Nov. 26, and Ginsburg’s history
suggests the injuries are not likely to keep her away. She broke two ribs in 2012 without missing work. And she returned to work quickly after undergoing a heart procedure in 2012. She is also a cancer survivor and returned to work less than three weeks after having surgery.
Still, even with her resilience, liberals have become jittery about how much more time she will be able to serve, particularly with the balance of the Supreme Court shifting to the right because of President Donald Trump’s appointment of two conservative justices.
Ginsburg is the senior member of the court’s liberal wing. A third Trump appointment to the court would give it a dominant 6-3 conservative majority.
By midday, Trump had not publicly commented on Ginsburg’s hospitalization. In the morning, the president attended a formal ceremony at the Supreme Court for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in last month. All of the justices were there except for Ginsburg.
Trump has been critical of Ginsburg, saying in 2016 that “her mind is shot” and suggesting that she resign. His sharp words came after Ginsburg mocked Trump in a series of interviews. She later said she had made a mistake in publicly commenting on a candidate.
Ginsburg was appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and is its oldest justice. She has said she will stay for as long as she is healthy and mentally sharp.
In 2013, some liberals pressured her to step down so President Barack Obama could name her successor. In an interview at the time, Ginsburg said she would not base her retirement plans on who was in the Oval Office.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgwas appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.