Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for possible infection

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized for possible infection

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to hospital on Tuesday morning for treatment of a possible infection, the court said in a statement.

Ginsburg will stay in the hospital to receive intravenous antibiotics, the court said, adding that she was "resting comfortably".

As the court's most senior liberal justice, her health is closely watched.

Ginsburg was nominated to the court in 1993 and is the second longest-serving justice now on the court, after Clarence Thomas.

Last November, Ginsburg was admitted to a hospital for two nights while suffering from a fever and chills, but returned to work at the court the day after being released.

In May, Ginsburg had non-surgical treatment for acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder infection, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. A scan of her chest revealed cancerous nodules in her lung, which were removed.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been transported to the hospital and treated for a possible infection.

Supreme Court justices serve until they die or voluntarily retire, and Ginsburg has clung to her position despite her age, aware that if she leaves it could change the landscape of U.S. justice.

Asked in a White House press conference about Ginsburg, Trump indicated he had not heard the news.

Why it matters: The 87-year-old liberal justice has battled health complications for years, including a cancer diagnosis that she beat in January of this year.

"I wish her the best. She's actually giving me some good rulings".

The court now has a 5-4 conservative majority.

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