Washington – Justice Ginsburg, 85, Hospitalized After Fracturing 3 Ribs In Fall At Court


    FILE -  United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen during an event at New York Law School in New York, New York, USA, 06 February 2018.  EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANEWashington – Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.

    The court’s oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight.

    She was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs.

    In her absence, the court was going ahead Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month. President Donald Trump and new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker were expected to attend.

    Ginsburg has had a series of health problems. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She also was hospitalized after a bad reaction to medicine in 2009.

    Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg rebuffed suggestions from some liberals that she should step down in the first two years of President Barack Obama’s second term, when Democrats also controlled the Senate and would have been likely to confirm her successor.

    She already has hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to retire.

    Ginsburg leads the court’s liberal wing.

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    1. So if she can’t get back “soon”, does that mean the court will decide matters with 8 justices now heavily (at least more so than otherwise) “conservative” – or will Democrats push for the court to simply stop any activity? To quote from the web:

      > ” If a justice is in some way incapacitated or otherwise prevented from discharging their duties, there currently is no [Constitutional] mechanism for outside forces to remove said justice from the bench.”

      However, if the justice left a “will” (advanced directive) on what to do in case of incapacitation, then depending on exactly what steps the “will” makes, it may be possible to legally assume that the judge has retired.

      • There are no more oral arguments scheduled for 3 weeks, so chances are she will not miss any cases. But, if she did, yes the cases would be decided by 8 justices.

        I think that the situation involving a “will” is interesting theoretically, but can’t imagine even in the current political climate anyone acting based on an “assumption” that she retired. She is the Associate Justice until she resigns or dies or is impeached.

    2. My word, I’m new here…but if posts like what I see here are indicative of anything, Voz Iz Neais is populated by run of the mill disrespectful far right yahoos…where is their Yiddishkeit?

    3. First and foremost Refuah Shleimah. Second, I knew first hand a religious girl who served as her clerk (a huge honor), and RBG made sure that she was always in plenty of time for Shabbos and Yom Tov.


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