Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, is hospitalized after fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, is hospitalized after fall

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, has served on the nation's highest court for 25 years. (Supreme Court photo)

WASHINGTON  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to a Washington hospital Thursday morning after fracturing three ribs in a fall at her office the previous evening, the court said.

The 85-year-old associate justice was taken to George Washington University Hospital after she experienced pain overnight. She was diagnosed with fractured ribs, then admitted for treatment and observation, according to the court.

With a tenure of 25 years, Ginsburg is the oldest member of the nation’s highest court and the second-longest-serving member, after Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. President Bill Clinton appointed her in August 1993. Ginsburg has experienced a series of health issues in the past few years, including two broken ribs in from a 2012 fall. However, she has not indicated any plans to retire in the near future.

The investiture ceremony for the court’s newest member, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, will go on as planned Thursday morning without Ginsburg. President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the event at the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was sworn in Oct. 6 after a rocky confirmation process dogged by testimony and accusations of inappropriate behavior with women during his teen and college years.

Kavanaugh is Trump’s second appointment to the high court; Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch was sworn in April 2017.

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