Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Hospitalized With Infection

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Hospitalized With Infection

( – Justice Clarence Thomas is currently the longest-serving Supreme Court judge. He’s also one of the most reliably conservative justices on the court. On March 18, he was admitted to the hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Two days after doctors admitted Thomas to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, the Supreme Court issued a statement about his condition. According to the press release, physicians diagnosed the justice with an infection after he underwent tests. He was being treated with intravenous antibiotics. Supreme Court Public Information Officer Patricia McCabe said Thomas’ infection had nothing to do with COVID-19.

Thomas is expected to leave the hospital in a day or two, as long as he heals as expected. He didn’t participate in oral arguments while in the hospital, but he won’t recuse himself from any of those cases. The press release stated he will use audio, briefs, and transcripts to make rulings down the road.

President George H.W. Bush nominated Thomas to take the seat vacated by Justice Thurgood Marshall, the court’s first black justice, in 1991. His confirmation was contentious, to say the least, but he’s gone on to become one of the most respected conservative voices in the country.

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