Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released From Hospital After Fall

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
November 9, 2018US News
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest person on the court, has been released from the hospital after falling and breaking three ribs.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed that Ginsburg was out of the hospital on Nov. 9.

She told the Associated Press that the 85-year-old justice is “doing well” and working from home.

The information comes one day after Arbeg said in a statement that Ginsburg “fell in her office” at the Supreme Court late on Nov. 7.

“She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning. Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment,” the statement said.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gives Lecture At The Georgetown University Law Center
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, on Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The update came after Ginsburg’s nephew said late Thursday that she was “up and working” after the fall.

Daniel Stiepleman, who wrote the script for the Ginsburg biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” told Reuters at the premiere for the new movie that 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.”

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday that he wished her well.

“I wish her well. She said something very inappropriate during the campaign but she apologized for it. I wouldn’t say she’s exactly on my side. But I wish her well,” Trump said.

“I hope she gets better and I hope she serves on the Supreme Court for many, many years.”

Ginsburg criticized Trump in the 2016 presidential election, at one point calling him a “faker.” She later apologized.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital
L-R) Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Clarence Thomas, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg attend the ceremonial swearing-in of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the East Room of the White House in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2018. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Oldest Member

Ginsburg is the court’s oldest member. She was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton as the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

In 2014, she underwent a heart procedure to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery, the Associated Press reported. She has also had two bouts with cancer and broke two ribs in a fall in 2012.

Ginsburg said previously that she wants to stay on the bench until 2020.

“I’m now 85,” she said in August. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years.”

She also said that people who think judges should have term limits are wrong.

“You can’t set term limits, because to do that you’d have to amend the Constitution,” Ginsburg said. “Article 3 says … we hold our offices during good behavior.”

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