For the first time since 1993 when she joined the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing oral arguments on Monday while she recuperates from a recent cancer surgery.
A Supreme Court spokesperson said that Ginsburg is recuperating from a lung surgery she underwent in New York City last month to remove cancerous growths, and that the Justice will participate in the consideration of cases through written briefs and transcripts, even though a date has not yet been set for when she will return to the bench.
Last month, Ginsburg, 85, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after it was discovered she had two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung. The discovery was made while undergoing tests for several fractured ribs she acquired after a fall back in November.
Ginsburg has had to deal with a number of health concerns in recent years. She broke two ribs in 2012, fought two bouts of cancer, once in 1999 and another time in 2009. She had a stent implanted in her heart to open a blocked artery in 2004, and now this.
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The Harvard Law School-educated justice was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 to replace retiring Justice Byron R. White. Ginsburg was Clinton’s first Supreme Court pick.
Prior to ascending to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg became the first woman to receive tenure at Columbia University Law School and is also the co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project.
Ginsburg is currently the oldest member on the Supreme Court. Her retirement has been a topic of discussion for some time now. Some believe she’s hanging in there just so that Trump doesn’t get to replace her, and it is said that she has hired clerks for a term that goes into 2020. In short, she has no plans on going away.
Ginsburg is also known for saying in 2012, “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution,” when asked on an Egyptian TV show for a model to be used by Egypt’s new government. Yes, you read that right. A U.S. Supreme Court Justice said that about the standard of law that she took an oath to support and defend.
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