Court: Gins­burg at home after can­cer surgery

The Tribune (SLO) - - Insight - BY DEANNA PAUL

Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg was dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal Tues­day, Supreme Court spokes­woman Kath­leen Ar­berg con­firmed.

Gins­burg, 85, un­der­went a pul­monary lobec­tomy at Sloan Ket­ter­ing Can­cer Cen­ter in New York last week to re­move two ma­lig­nant nod­ules in her left lung. Fri­day’s pro­ce­dure went smoothly, doc­tors said, and there was “no ev­i­dence of any re­main­ing dis­ease else­where in the body.”

Gins­burg, the old­est sit­ting mem­ber of the na­tion’s high­est court, has had her fair share of health scares: She has com­bated col­orec­tal and pan­cre­atic can­cer, though she did not miss an oral ar­gu­ment dur­ing treat­ment, and re­ceived a heart stent in her right coro­nary artery. Last month, she was hos­pi­tal­ized for three frac­tured ribs.

As one of four lib­er­als on the court, Gins­burg’s bill of health has been a point of scru­tiny and ob­ser­va­tion since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s rise to power.

Trump called for her res­ig­na­tion dur­ing his 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, tweet­ing that her “mind is shot.”

Gins­burg has said she in­tends to re­main on the bench.

“As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it,” Gins­burg said last year, de­spite be­ing five years above the av­er­age re­tire­ment age of the 11 jus­tices pre­ced­ing her. She has also re­port­edly hired law clerks through 2020.

Gins­burg will spend the re­main­ing hol­i­day sea­son re­cu­per­at­ing at home. The Supreme Court, which is not in ses­sion un­til the new year, will next hear cases Jan. 7.

Ruth Bader Gins­burg

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