Justice Ginsburg struck down by stomach bug, misses Supreme Court arguments

November 13, 2019
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was conspicuously absent from Wednesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments. 

Chief Justice John Roberts announcement to the courts that Ginsburg is “indisposed due to illness.” The illness is reported to be a “stomach bug.”

He went on to say that “she will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts or recordings of the oral arguments.”

No further details were given in regards to Ginsburg’s current condition or projected return to the bench.

The 86-year-old Justice has been dogged by health issues since the Fall of 2018. Ginsburg fell and broke three ribs in November of 2018, and was diagnosed with and underwent surgery for lung cancer only a month later.

Then, in August of 2019, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, for which she received radiation treatment. Ginsburg has managed to only miss a few days in court during all of these health issues, but significant speculation has swirled that her health issues may cause an earlier retirement than she had hoped for.

However, Ginsburg indicated that she’s not planning on giving up yet, telling the audience at the National Book Festival in D.C. in August that “As this audience can see I am alive… and I’m on my way to being very well.”

“I love my job, it’s the best and the hardest job I’ve ever had. It has kept me going through four cancer bouts. Instead of concentrating on my aches and pains, I just know that I have to read this set of briefs.

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