Ginsburg “Indisposed Due To Illness”

Nov 13, 2019 |

CNN – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not on the bench for oral arguments Wednesday due to illness, according to Chief Justice John Roberts.

Roberts announced she was “indisposed due to illness.”

A court spokesperson said that Ginsburg was home with a stomach virus and that she is expected to participate in the cases by reading the briefs.

The oldest Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg leads the liberal wing on the court, which is currently outnumbered 5-4 by conservatives.

She has been an active participant from the bench this term, often asking the first questions. She was present Tuesday when the court heard one of the most important cases of the term concerning President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The Supreme Court is hearing an unusual docket of blockbuster cases this term including immigration, abortion and the Second Amendment.

Her health has long been an issue.

Ginsburg, 86, is a four-time cancer survivor and has been an active participant on the bench this term. In August, she announced that she was being treated for pancreatic cancer

Today marks the last sitting for November. The justices will meet behind closed doors on the Friday of this week, and will take the bench on Monday for a non-argument day. They won’t hear arguments again until December 2nd. Read more.