Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg Ends 25 Year Perfect Court Attendance

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg.

Supreme Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will not be attending today’s Supreme court arguments. This will be the first time that she will miss an attendance in 25 years. [1]

On December 21st, 2018, Justice Ginsburg had surgery to remove two cancerous growths from her lungs. This was her third run in with cancer. Twice before she has had to be treated for cancer but didn’t miss an oral argument either time. On December 25th, she was finally released from the hospital. Since then she has been working at home according to the court spokeswoman, Kathleen Arberg. [2]

Ginsburg’s health has been especially interesting to people lately because her retiring would allow President Trump to appoint a successor. Currently, the Supreme court has nine members which is split closely between 4 Democrats and 5 Republicans.

Another appointment by President Trump would likely add another Republican to the court.

After Justice Ginsburg’s surgery, the Supreme court sent out a statement. “Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease,” the Supreme Court statement read. “Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned.” [3] With her being released from the hospital and working from home, it looks like the 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice is in the clear.



  1. ^Higgins, Tucker. “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg working from home for first arguments since cancer surgery.” CNBC, 7 Jan. 2019, (go back  ↩)
  2. ^Stohr, Greg. “Ginsburg Will Miss Arguments for First Time on Supreme Court.”, 7 Jan. 2019, (go back  ↩)
  3. ^Press Releases – pr_12-21-18 – Supreme Court of the United States.” 14 Nov. 2018, (go back  ↩)

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