Ruth Bader Ginsburg misses third straight day on the bench
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent from the bench for a third day Wednesday as she recovers from cancer surgery, according to a report.
Chief Justice John Roberts said the 85-year-old Ginsburg was unable to be present for arguments but would participate in court decisions via briefs and transcripts of oral arguments, according to The Hill.
Roberts did not say whether she would be back next week.
She had surgery on Dec. 21 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung and was released on Christmas Day.
Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Ginsburg has been recovering at home.
Last month, the Supreme Court’s press office said Ginsburg’s cancer was discovered in an X-ray after she fractured three ribs in a Nov. 7 fall.
Both removed nodules were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation, but there was no evidence of any remaining disease.
Ginsburg had two previous bouts of cancer — colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009 — but did not miss a day in court during those episodes.