The fabulous Ruth Bader-Ginsburg will be absent from the Supreme Court indefinitely while she recovers from cancer surgery, leaving the Court with eight justices. (I know this is an old story, but I wanted to comment on it.)
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said.
Ginsburg was not on the bench as the court met Monday to hear arguments. It was not clear when she would return to the court, which will hear more cases Tuesday and Wednesday, and again next week.
Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 85-year-old justice is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21. Ginsburg was discharged from a New York hospital on Dec. 25.
There are few people on Earth who despise cancer as much as I do, and I think Bader-Ginsburg should take the time off to recover. That said, when does her prolonged absences become a hindrance to the Court overall?
I realize this is a lifelong position – a rule I think should be changed – but if she cannot physically perform her duties, shouldn’t we be considering other options?