WASHINGTON – Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized for treatment for gallbladder disease, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday. She had participated in oral arguments that were held by conference call on Tuesday morning, and the court said she planned to attend the arguments by telephone from the hospital on Wednesday.
The court said Justice Ginsburg had been treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder disease. “After Monday’s oral argument,” the court said, “the judiciary at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, was subjected to outpatient tests to confirm that it had a gallstone that had migrated into its cystic duct , blocked him and caused an infection. “
The treatment did not include surgery, the statement says without further elaboration. Gallstones can sometimes be removed through a rifle scope that leads down the digestive tract. If the blockage has caused an infection, it can be treated with antibiotics.
Gallstones are more common in women than men and are more common in people over 40. The most common type is mainly cholesterol.
When a stone blocks a canal, it causes pain and sometimes nausea and vomiting. With an infection, fever can occur.
The statement said Justice Ginsburg had rested comfortably and “expected to stay in the hospital for a day or two”.
The 87-year-old judge Ginsburg has had a number of health concerns recently. Last summer she was irradiated for three weeks because of a malignant tumor in her pancreas. “The tumor was definitely treated and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the court said in a statement at the time.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Justice Ginsburg had a remarkably busy schedule and often made public appearances at least twice a week.
The court stopped hearing arguments in its courtroom in early March for health reasons and postponed the arguments in about 20 cases. The court heard arguments by conference call for two weeks on Monday and provided the public with live audio for the first time. During the clashes on Monday and Tuesday, Justice Ginsburg’s questions were characteristically clear and conclusive.
Justice Ginsburg is the senior member of the four-member liberal wing of the court. She has repeatedly vowed to stay on the course as long as her health is maintained and she remains mentally sharp.
President Trump has appointed two members the Supreme Court, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh. The last president to appoint more than two judges during his first term was Richard M. Nixon, who served four judges from 1969 to 1972. These appointments marked the end of the liberal court led and created by Chief Justice Earl Warren, a conservative majority that remains to this day.
The current court is narrowly divided, with five republican and four democratic. A third Trump official would not only make the balance wrong, but would almost certainly also shift the court’s ideological center to the right.
Justice Ginsburg was Put on trial in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. It was the first democratic appointment since 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall.
During the Obama administration, some liberal judiciary urged Ginsburg to resign so President Barack Obama could name her successor. She refused the advice.
“I think it will be another democratic president,” Justice Ginsburg said the Washington Post said in 2013. “The Democrats are doing well in the presidential election; Their problem is that they cannot vote in the midterm elections. “
Mr. Trump, whose choice has proven her wrong, criticized Justice Ginsburg and said in 2016: “Your mind is shotAnd suggests that she resign. His sharp words followed Judge Ginsburg criticized Mr. Trump in a series of interviews. She said later she had made a mistake in a candidate’s public comment and promised to be more careful in the future.
More recently, he urged the judges Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor reuse yourself in all cases that affect him.
Denise Grady contributed to the reporting from New York.