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Washington - Justice Ginsburg, 85, Hospitalized After Fracturing 3 Ribs In Fall At Court

Published on: November 8, 2018 09:15 AM
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FILE -  United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen during an event at New York Law School in New York, New York, USA, 06 February 2018.  EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANEFILE -  United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen during an event at New York Law School in New York, New York, USA, 06 February 2018.  EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE

Washington - Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.

The court’s oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight.

She was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs.

In her absence, the court was going ahead Thursday with a courtroom ceremony welcoming new Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court last month. President Donald Trump and new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker were expected to attend.

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Ginsburg has had a series of health problems. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She also was hospitalized after a bad reaction to medicine in 2009.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg rebuffed suggestions from some liberals that she should step down in the first two years of President Barack Obama’s second term, when Democrats also controlled the Senate and would have been likely to confirm her successor.

She already has hired clerks for the term that extends into 2020, indicating she has no plans to retire.

Ginsburg leads the court’s liberal wing.



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 Nov 08, 2018 at 09:20 AM Anonymous Says:

I wish she doesn’t return to the court.
The dem-o-rats, media will go psycho. They are already so crazy!

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 09:25 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

I wish her a full & speedy recovery.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 09:43 AM Anonymous Says:

May she have a refuah, and let this be her clarion call to get the hell off the court! This way a normal, reasonable centrist justice can be appointed.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:01 AM ubgeriser Says:

Ginsburg it's time to retire. Don't worry whom the president will nominate. You will be able to watch the nomination circus on CNN.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:10 AM Normal Says:

Please check your vitamin d levels.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:15 AM george@cmic.ca Says:

So if she can't get back "soon", does that mean the court will decide matters with 8 justices now heavily (at least more so than otherwise) "conservative" - or will Democrats push for the court to simply stop any activity? To quote from the web:

> " If a justice is in some way incapacitated or otherwise prevented from discharging their duties, there currently is no [Constitutional] mechanism for outside forces to remove said justice from the bench."

However, if the justice left a "will" (advanced directive) on what to do in case of incapacitation, then depending on exactly what steps the "will" makes, it may be possible to legally assume that the judge has retired.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:16 AM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #2  
PaulinSaudi Says:

I wish her a full & speedy recovery.

A Refueh Sheleme bokorayv.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:48 AM Moshe Says:

She is a Jewish woman who is injured. Show some respect. Refuah shelaima

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:59 AM Secular Says:

“Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment,"

— probably from leaning too far left.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 11:04 AM Yoseph Says:

Reply to #6  
george@cmic.ca Says:

So if she can't get back "soon", does that mean the court will decide matters with 8 justices now heavily (at least more so than otherwise) "conservative" - or will Democrats push for the court to simply stop any activity? To quote from the web:

> " If a justice is in some way incapacitated or otherwise prevented from discharging their duties, there currently is no [Constitutional] mechanism for outside forces to remove said justice from the bench."

However, if the justice left a "will" (advanced directive) on what to do in case of incapacitation, then depending on exactly what steps the "will" makes, it may be possible to legally assume that the judge has retired.

There are no more oral arguments scheduled for 3 weeks, so chances are she will not miss any cases. But, if she did, yes the cases would be decided by 8 justices.

I think that the situation involving a "will" is interesting theoretically, but can't imagine even in the current political climate anyone acting based on an "assumption" that she retired. She is the Associate Justice until she resigns or dies or is impeached.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 11:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
george@cmic.ca Says:

So if she can't get back "soon", does that mean the court will decide matters with 8 justices now heavily (at least more so than otherwise) "conservative" - or will Democrats push for the court to simply stop any activity? To quote from the web:

> " If a justice is in some way incapacitated or otherwise prevented from discharging their duties, there currently is no [Constitutional] mechanism for outside forces to remove said justice from the bench."

However, if the justice left a "will" (advanced directive) on what to do in case of incapacitation, then depending on exactly what steps the "will" makes, it may be possible to legally assume that the judge has retired.

If it stayed at 8 Justices Conservatives would Party with a 5-3 Majority. Unless new swing vote Chief Justice Roberts joined the libs all would be great!

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 11:41 AM Shocked Says:

My word, I'm new here...but if posts like what I see here are indicative of anything, Voz Iz Neais is populated by run of the mill disrespectful far right yahoos...where is their Yiddishkeit?

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 12:12 PM Secular Says:

Reply to #12  
Shocked Says:

My word, I'm new here...but if posts like what I see here are indicative of anything, Voz Iz Neais is populated by run of the mill disrespectful far right yahoos...where is their Yiddishkeit?

Name calling...

Where is your Yiddishkeit ?

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 01:34 PM Butterfly Says:

Refuah shlaymah!

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 12:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Shocked Says:

My word, I'm new here...but if posts like what I see here are indicative of anything, Voz Iz Neais is populated by run of the mill disrespectful far right yahoos...where is their Yiddishkeit?

Don't be shocked. Not everyone on VIn is Jewish. And most posters had no connection to "Yidischkeit" Watch out especially for not Yiddish sounding names.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 12:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Moshe Says:

She is a Jewish woman who is injured. Show some respect. Refuah shelaima

you are a sane decent yid among yidden who are far from being Mensch

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 01:02 PM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #12  
Shocked Says:

My word, I'm new here...but if posts like what I see here are indicative of anything, Voz Iz Neais is populated by run of the mill disrespectful far right yahoos...where is their Yiddishkeit?

Better be careful. Edumacated "Archy" is going to claim you're just another screen name of a mythical Yoni.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 01:47 PM judith Says:

Reply to #12  
Shocked Says:

My word, I'm new here...but if posts like what I see here are indicative of anything, Voz Iz Neais is populated by run of the mill disrespectful far right yahoos...where is their Yiddishkeit?

People with strong beliefs generally do not respect those with differing opinions. This is usually true, whether or not they practice Torah, as seen right here.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 02:01 PM ahavas yisroel Says:

Reply to #8  
Moshe Says:

She is a Jewish woman who is injured. Show some respect. Refuah shelaima

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 02:04 PM kehati Says:

First and foremost Refuah Shleimah. Second, I knew first hand a religious girl who served as her clerk (a huge honor), and RBG made sure that she was always in plenty of time for Shabbos and Yom Tov.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 02:41 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #12  
Shocked Says:

My word, I'm new here...but if posts like what I see here are indicative of anything, Voz Iz Neais is populated by run of the mill disrespectful far right yahoos...where is their Yiddishkeit?

I agree, we are a pretty uninformed crowd.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 06:11 PM Anonymous Says:

She can hire clerks until the term that ends 2025... if G-d has other plans for her it won’t help...

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 08:38 PM AmYisroel Says:

Let's hope she retires soon

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I wish she doesn’t return to the court.
The dem-o-rats, media will go psycho. They are already so crazy!

Get your next Supreme Court pick ready, Pres. Trump!

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 11:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
AmYisroel Says:

Let's hope she retires soon

The bracha Yitzhak gave to Yaakov was h'kol kol yaakov v'hayedei yedey eisov , your is h'akol kol eisov

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 11:45 PM Chaim meilech Says:

Could you imagine Trump gets to pick another SC justice? The libtards would go nuts.... Wait they did that with Kavanagh already.

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