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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Hospitalized

The Court said Thomas is recovering from an infection and will participate remotely in hearings this week


On Sunday, the Supreme Court said that Justice Clarence Thomas was hospitalized on Friday with “flu-like symptoms.”

According to the Supreme Court’s press release on Sunday evening, Justice Thomas underwent tests at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC and was diagnosed with an infection.

“He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics,” the Court’s press release stated.

“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 based on the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments,” according to the statement. 

The Court’s nine justices are scheduled to take the bench on Monday morning for arguments in several scheduled cases.

Thomas is the most senior associate justice on the Supreme Court. He was nominated for the role by former President George H. W. Bush to replace Justice Thurgood Marshall. Thomas was the first Black justice to serve in the Supreme Court. 

Before taking his role in the Supreme Court, Thomas served on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit beginning in 1989.

He is the second-oldest Supreme Court justice after Justice Stephen Breyer, 73-years-old. Thomas is also the eldest of the conservative justices.

Previously, the Supreme Court noted each of its nine justices has received the COVID-19 vaccine and has since received the booster.

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s nominee to replace Justice Stephen Breyer

Jackson is poised to become the Court’s first Black female justice in its 233-year history.

Recently, Justice Thomas has come under additional scrutiny after news that his wife was present at the Jan. 6 rally, which preceded Capitol riots.

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