Ginsburg Countdown Continues: Misses Third Consecutive Day At Supreme Court

The longer her absence plays out the more whispers are intensifying as to the true state of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health following surgery for lung cancer last month.

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Via The Hill:

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent from the bench for a third straight day on Wednesday.

Chief Justice John Roberts said Ginsburg was unable to be present for arguments but would participate in deciding Wednesday’s case via briefs and transcripts of oral arguments.

Her absence Monday marked the first time in more than 25 years on the court that she missed an oral argument due to her health.

The Supreme Court’s Press Office said last month that Ginsburg’s cancer was discovered in an X-ray after she fractured three ribs on her left side in a Nov. 7 fall. Both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation, but post-surgery there was no evidence of any remaining disease.

Ginsburg has survived two previous bouts of cancer — colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009 — and did not miss a day in court during those periods.