Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses Third Day of SCOTUS Arguments

Lawrence Kim
January 11, 2019

Prior to this week, she had never missed a day of work in her more than 25 years as a Supreme Court justice. As a result, Politico reports the White House is apparently telling allies to prepare themselves for the possibility she could retire. She was released from the hospital on Christmas Day. Widely viewed as tenaciously willing to hang on with a Republican in the presidency, Ginsburg's own affirmations suggest she may view competency to conduct the court's business as a matter that rivals the court's ideological makeup in importance.

Ginsburg is still recovering from a December 21 surgery to remove cancerous nodes from her left lung. Ginsburg also broke three ribs in a fall in November, which led to doctors' discovery of the nodules on her lung.

Both removed nodules were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation, but there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Trump has added two justices to the court since becoming president in January 2017.

The White House "is taking the temperature on possible short-list candidates, reaching out to key stakeholders, and just making sure that people are informed on the process", said a source familiar with those conversations, who spoke on background given the delicate nature of the subject. "They're doing it very quietly, of course, because the idea is not to be opportunistic, but just to be prepared so we aren't caught flat-footed."...

Chief Justice John Roberts said the 85-year-old Ginsburg was unable to be present for arguments but would participate in court decisions via briefs and transcripts of oral arguments, according to The Hill.

She has otherwise said that she "will do this job as long as [she] can do it full steam".

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