Conservatives across America remained on edge since it was revealed last weekend that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and their concerns were not alleviated as the week progressed when representatives from the high court stayed mum in the face of requests for comment on his condition, as the Washington Examiner reports.
On Sunday, it was announced that Thomas, 73, had been hospitalized at Washington, D.C.’s Sibley Memorial Hospital with “flu-like symptoms” and an unspecified infection, as CBS News noted.
Though few details were provided about the justice’s health status, the court said at the time that Thomas’ symptoms were “abating” and that he expected to be released from the hospital “in a day or two.”
However, as of Thursday, the Supreme Court had not responded to media inquiries about whether Thomas had indeed left the hospital or questions about the progress of his recovery, according to The Hill.
Armstrong Williams, a close friend of the justice, told the outlet that Thomas was “resting and he’s going to be just fine,” though he did not offer additional information about his diagnosis or confirm whether he had been released.
“It doesn’t matter. He’s resting and doing well. I don’t think the public cares about where he’s resting – it’s that he’s resting and he’s doing fine. I think the media cares about where he’s resting. The public doesn’t,” Williams opined.
Whatever has been ailing Thomas did cause him to miss oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Monday, Tuesday, as well as Wednesday, though it was thought that he planned to participate in consideration of matters heard on those days by studying briefs, transcripts, and audio recordings of the presentations made by counsel.
Fortunately, some very good news arrived on Friday in a brief release from Supreme Court Public Information Officer Patricia McCabe, which stated simply, “Justice Thomas was discharged from the hospital earlier today,” as the Washington Post noted.
While it remains unclear when Thomas might resume his normal schedule of duties at the high court, millions are surely breathing a massive sigh of relief today in the knowledge that he is no longer in need of hospitalization and are hoping he is well on his way to a complete recovery.