Justice Ginsburg returns to the Court

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 2016 portrait. Photo by the Supreme Court of the United States.

A court spokeswoman has announced that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work today for the first time since having surgery to remove malignant nodules from her left lung late last year, per CNN.

Ginsburg participated in a regular conference meeting in which the justices discussed adding cases to the court’s docket, according to the New York Times. The 85 year-old has had several health issues over the years, colorectal and pancreatic cancers in 1999 and 2009 respectively, but this was the first time she had missed hearing arguments in her 25 years on the bench. Justice Ginsburg even worked the day after her husband, Martin, died in 2010.

She missed two weeks of arguments in January, following her December surgery but kept up by reading transcripts and arguments. Ginsburg is expected to be at work on Tuesday when the court’s midwinter break concludes.

The nodules on her left lung were found after Ginsburg fell and broke her ribs. In a statement, a court spokeswoman explained that Ginsburg is cancer-free, saying, “Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required.”

Justice Ginsburg made her first public appearance since her surgery when she attended a performance of “Notorious RGB in Song”, and performance of music from an album of songs, released by her daughter-in-law, celebrating her life. Ginsburg did not attend President Trump’s State of the Union address the following night.

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