WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not present at oral arguments Monday, the first time the court’s oldest justice has missed a session during her quarter-century on the bench.
Ginsburg, 85, was briefly hospitalized last month after doctors found and removed two cancerous growths in her lungs. The tumors were found while she was undergoing treatment for a rib injury. A month earlier, she had fallen and fractured her ribs.
Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday told the courtroom that Ginsburg was at home resting but planned to participate in the cases after reading “the briefs and transcripts of oral arguments.”
Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg is the court’s oldest member in terms of age and second-longest tenured justice behind Clarence Thomas. He joined the court in 1991.