Headline Health – A day after cracking three ribs, defiant U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is cracking jokes and getting back to work.
The feisty 85-year-old jurist defies age and has twice defied cancer – colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.
She’s also defied speculation of retirement, recently vowing to stay on the bench for another five years. By holding out for just two more years, Ginsburg could fulfill the hopes of her many enthusiastic liberal supporters and have her replacement chosen by the next president instead of Donald Trump, provided Democrats take back the White House in 2020. Further coverage below …
Justice Ginsburg ‘up and working’ after breaking ribs, nephew says
LOS ANGELES (Reuters), November 9, 2018 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is “up and working” and making jokes after being hospitalized with rib fractures, her nephew said on Thursday at the premiere of a new movie about her early career fighting for women’s equality.
Daniel Stiepleman, who wrote the script for the film “On the Basis of Sex” about his aunt’s work as a young lawyer, with input from the justice herself, told Reuters the 85-year-old Ginsburg was “doing great.”
“The last I heard she was up and working, of course, because what else would she be doing, and cracking jokes,” he said. “I can’t promise they were good jokes but they were jokes.”
Ginsburg was hospitalized in Washington after suffering three fractured ribs from a fall. Hours later, Hollywood got its first look at the new film about her pioneering work.
“On the Basis of Sex” stars Felicity Jones as a young Ginsburg and Armie Hammer as her tax attorney husband Martin, in a story about a landmark discrimination case the pair argued in 1972. Director Mimi Leder described the movie as the “origin story” of the justice, who became a hero among U.S. liberals. Read more.
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Fractured ribs in fall
| Washington (CNN), November 8, 2018 – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs after falling in her Supreme Court office Wednesday night, the Supreme Court said in a statement.
According to the court, Ginsburg, 85, experienced discomfort after going home following the fall and was admitted to George Washington University Thursday morning for observation and treatment.
Ginsburg, who became the second woman to serve on the high court following her appointment by President Bill Clinton in 1993, has become a progressive and pop culture icon.
Admirers have recently nicknamed her “Notorious RBG,” a play on the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., and have hailed her as a bulwark against conservative ideology — and President Donald Trump — because of her liberal opinions and dissents.
Ginsburg was not present at Thursday’s investiture of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s appointee confirmed last month that gave the court a solid 5-4 conservative majority.
Ginsburg’s health has become the subject of much attention in recent years.
In November 2014, she underwent a heart procedure to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery, and in 2009, she was treated for early stages of pancreatic cancer.
In 1999, just six years after being sworn in as an associate justice, Ginsburg successfully underwent surgery to treat colon cancer.
Ginsburg said in July she hopes to stay on the bench past 2020. Read more.