Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls In Sick: Misses First Oral Arguments Ever

January 7, 2019
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing her first oral arguments Monday for the first time since she was appointed to the court in 1994 under then-President Bill Clinton.

The Supreme Court Justice is still recovering from a surgery last month to remove cancerous growths from her lungs.

At the start of the court session, Chief Justice John Roberts said that Ginsburg would be “unable to be present today” but she would participate from home through written briefs and transcripts.

Ginsburg underwent the surgery just about three weeks ago when two masses were found on her left lung that was discovered during a scan after she fell and fractured several ribs back in November.

She has in the past survived other bouts with cancer which never caused her to miss an oral argument. So this is particularly newsworthy as this could signal her departure in one way or another.

According to CNBC,

Ginsburg’s health has been a matter of intense public interest because her retirement would likely allow President Donald Trump to appoint her successor. The nine-member court is divided 5-4 among Republican and Democratic appointees.

An appointment by Trump, which would be the third of his presidency, would further cement the bench’s conservative majority, with possible ramifications for a slew of closely-watched social issues such as reproductive rights.

But the 25-year veteran has no plans on leaving before President Trump does. I hate to tell her that Trump is going to win again in 2020 and she’ll have no choice.

CNN reported,

Ginsburg has said that she will continue to serve on the Supreme Court as long as she is able to do the job. In 1999, Ginsburg underwent surgery for colorectal cancer, and 10 years later she was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer.

“I said I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam,” Ginsburg said last month during an interview following a New York City screening of “On the Basis of Sex,” a feature film about her years as a young lawyer.

A year ago, the news broke that Ginsburg hired law clerks for at least two court terms, signaling she intends to stay through 2020.

It is currently unknown when she will be returning to the bench.

 

Photo Credit: European University Institute

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