May 24, 2022

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was hospitalized on Friday in Washington, D.C., after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

“He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics,” a statement from the Supreme Court said.

“His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two.

“Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments,” it added.

Thomas is the longest-serving member among the current team of justices. He entered office as a conservative justice in 1991.

The update also comes as Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson prepares for Senate confirmation hearings that would make her the first black female justice on the nation’s highest court. Jackson’s nomination comes following the upcoming retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer.

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