Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will continue to be absent from the nation’s high court as she recovers from a pulmonary lobectomy.
“Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments. Her recovery from surgery is on track,” Supreme Court public information officer Kathy Arberg said according to Fox News.
“Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required,” Arberg continued.
The 85-year-old justice is missing time on the bench because of her health for the first time in the over two decades that she has served.
According to NBC, experts believe that it would take a month to recover from the type of surgery that Ginsburg underwent.
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Justice Ginsburg's "post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease," US Supreme Court says; will miss next week's arguments, but continue to recover and participate in case work from home. https://t.co/Y1MVpqN3RA
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 11, 2019
“For that reason, she was not expected to be back for January’s oral arguments, even though it meant breaking her record of never missing a day in the courtroom for health reasons — despite two earlier surgical procedures for different cancers,” NBC reported.
“After next week’s arguments, the justices aren’t scheduled to resume hearing cases until February 19.”
Multiple news sources have reported that the White House is quietly preparing for a possible vacancy on the bench, however, despite there being no indication that Ginsburg plans to retire.
This is Ginsburg’s third time to contend with a cancer diagnosis, and she has also had a heart stent implanted and was back on the bench soon after her husband passed.
“We shouldn’t read too much into the fact that she’s missed three days of oral arguments,” said Elizabeth Slattery, host of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s “Scotus 101” podcast according to Fox News.
“She famously was back on the bench the day after her beloved husband Marty passed away so she’s obviously very committed to the job. But clearly, she needs time to recuperate.”