SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized With Infection, Court Announces

Written by Martin Walsh

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized this week with an infection caused by a gallstone.

The court announced on Tuesday evening that the 87-year-old justice is expected to remain in the hospital for a “day or two.”

Ginsburg underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

“The justice had undergone outpatient tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., Monday following oral arguments with the court, which confirmed that she had a gallstone blocking her cystic duct, resulting in an infection,” Fox News reported.

The full statement read:

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition, this afternoon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Following oral arguments on Monday, the Justice underwent outpatient tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., that confirmed she was suffering from a gallstone that had migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection. The Justice is resting comfortably and plans to participate in the oral argument teleconference tomorrow morning remotely from the hospital. She expects to stay in the hospital for a day or two. Updates will be provided as they become available.”

Ginsburg has faced a slew of hurdles concerning her health, fueling speculation that her possible exit from the court could provide an opportunity for President Trump to appoint a third justice to the bench.

Back in December, Ginsburg underwent surgery to address early-stage lung cancer in December.

Last November, Ginsburg spent two nights at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after she began experiencing chills and fever.

Ginsburg also missed oral arguments before the Court after she reportedly came down with another illness, this time it was a “stomach bug.”

She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Johns Hopkins for further evaluation and treatment of any possible infection.

While most certainly wish Ginsburg a speedy recovery, there are very serious questions lingering around her health and whether she’s still capable of serving on the nation’s highest court.

Beyond that, the SCOTUS has already delivered several major rulings recently.

Last week, the Supreme Court issued an 8-1 decision in favor of Obamacare, ruling that the federal government must pay out $12 billion to insurers who had enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s “risk corridor” program.

Before that, the SCOTUS delivered a 5-4 ruling permitting a “public charge” rule that allows the Trump administration to screen out green card applicants. The rule makes it more difficult for immigrants to receive legal status should they be expected to become dependent on government benefits.

The Supreme Court ruled last week that defendants in criminal trials can only be convicted by a unanimous jury, striking down a previous law that has been rejected by every state except one.

The SCOTUS recently ruled that the Trump administration can enforce the “remain in Mexico” policy.

Before that, the High Court ruled 5-4 in favor of tossing a lawsuit filed against a Texas border agent for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager.