Ginsburg Done? “1 Step Forward, 5 Steps Back”

Ginsburg misses court for second day | Should she just retire?

The Hill – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent from the Supreme Court bench for the second day in a row on Tuesday.

Chief Justice John Roberts noted Ginsburg’s absence when the justices took their seats for the second time in the new year.

Repeating what he said Monday, Roberts said Ginsburg is “unable to be present” for the court’s sitting, but will participate in the decisions using transcripts of the arguments and court briefs.

Ginsburg, who was forced to miss her first oral argument in more than 25 years on Monday, is still recuperating at home after surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from the lower lobe of her left lung on Dec. 21.

The spots were found incidentally in an X-ray she had at George Washington University Hospital while being treated for fractured ribs, an injury she sustained after falling in her office on Nov. 7 …

The court heard two cases Monday and will hear two cases Tuesday. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments in one case on Wednesday. Read more. 

Original story: 

Jan 7, 2019 – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not taking part in today’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court.

The 85-year old liberal justice underwent surgery for cancer last month and also recently broke several ribs after a fall.

Ginsburg has not missed a day of arguments since she was confirmed to the court in 1993.

Despite not physically being at the court, she will be participating in the cases by reading the briefs and the transcripts of the oral arguments.

Ginsburg had hoped to be back on the court for arguments, but Dr. Douglas Mathisen, chairman of thoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, warned that getting back to work too quickly after this kind of surgery could mean “one step forward and five steps back.”

“These days we are seeing more and more patients in their 70s and 80s make relatively quick recoveries,” Mathisen said last month before Ginsburg’s surgery, “because we are detecting so many more lung cancers at early stages.”

This is Ginsburg’s third bout with cancer. She was previously treated for colorectal cancer and pancreatic cancer. Read more. 

Should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retire from the Supreme Court? 

  • YES – It’s time to go and let President Trump choose a successor. 

  • NO – The nation needs liberal justices like Ruth Ginsburg. 

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