Supreme Court Judge Clarence ThomasA spokesman announced Sunday that the 73-year-old went to the hospital with “flu-like symptoms” and was diagnosed with an infection. He is now arguably doing better.
Conservative jurist’s health concerns come as rightists hold firm majority in court and President Joe Bidena Democrat, trying to replace the retired leftist Justice Stephen Breyer with the nomination of the US Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. The POTUS party maintains the least majority in the US Senate at 50-50.
Clarence Thomas was hospitalized two nights ago with flu-like symptoms, the court said in a press release. He is expected to be released “in a day or two.” pic.twitter.com/kKeES7nHw2
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Thomas went to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC on Friday, the SCOTUS Office of Public Information said. He is set to continue working..
They said: “He has undergone tests, has been diagnosed with an infection and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics. “His symptoms are in remission, he is resting comfortably and he is expected to be discharged in a day or two. Justice Thomas will participate in the review and discussion of any case in which he is not present on the basis of summaries, transcripts and audio recordings of oral arguments. “
Of course any death or retirement from the bench becomes an important factor in the president’s politics, but the sight on the aging court has become hotter since the late colleague by Thomas, conservative jurist Antonin Scaliadied in the last year of Barack Obamathe presidency at the age of 79. Republicans, who controlled the Senate at the time, thwarted Obama when he nominated his successor. This gave the President Donald Trump the ability to successfully nominate conservatives Neil Gorsuch to the bench. Obama’s Choice Merrick Garland now the United States Attorney General.
Trump was later named Brett Kavanaugh to the back bench Anthony Kennedy, whose ideology is known as the “swing voter”, has retired. That validation process, though successful, becomes especially ugly when the psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s. Fairness Ruth Bader Ginsburga liberal hero and close friend of Scalia; died in the closing months of Trump’s presidency aged 87, with the Republican-controlled Senate confirming the conservative candidate Amy Coney Barrett.
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