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Gall bladder condition puts Justice Ginsburg in hospital; will still participate in Wednesday teleconference

Justice Ginsburg (Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States/Released)

A benign gall bladder condition will force Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to hear oral arguments from her hospital bed on Wednesday, the Supreme Court announced.

Ginsburg underwent “non-surgical” treatment for the condition at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday, the Supreme Court’s public information office said in a statement.

Tests showed that Ginsburg was suffering from a gall stone that migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection, said the court’s spokespeople.

“The Justice is resting comfortably and plans to participate in the oral argument teleconference tomorrow [Wednesday] morning from the hospital. She expects to stay in the hospital for a day or two,” the statement said.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court has started hearing cases by telephone. Ginsburg participated in the first such hearing on Monday, in a trademark dispute.

Ginsburg, 87, a Brooklyn native, was briefly hospitalized in November after battling what were reported to be flu-like symptoms. She’s had four bouts with cancer.

Early in April, Ginsburg — who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and is one of the court’s most reliably liberal justices — was reported to be violating strict social distancing rules by working out twice a week at the court’s gym.


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