Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Supreme Courtroom, was hospitalized with an an infection on Friday after experiencing flulike signs, the court docket stated in a assertion on Sunday.
Justice Thomas was being handled with intravenous antibiotics at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, the assertion stated.
“His signs are abating, he’s resting comfortably, and he expects to be launched from the hospital in a day or two,” it stated.
Patricia McCabe, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Courtroom, stated that Justice Thomas’s sickness was not Covid-19 or associated to the coronavirus.
The assertion stated that Justice Thomas would “take part within the consideration and dialogue of any circumstances for which he’s not current on the premise of the briefs, transcripts and audio of the oral arguments.”
All the 9 Supreme Courtroom justices have been vaccinated and boosted towards Covid-19. No less than two justices, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett M. Kavanaugh, have beforehand contracted the virus. Justices are often examined for the virus, in accordance with court docket protocol.
Justice Thomas, 73, was nominated by President George H.W. Bush and was seated on Oct. 23, 1991, making him the court docket’s most senior conservative member. He’s its second-oldest member, after Justice Stephen G. Breyer, 83, who in January introduced his retirement.
In his resignation letter, Justice Breyer stated he supposed to retire after the court docket accomplished its present time period this summer time, typically in late June or early July, “assuming that by then my successor has been nominated and confirmed.”
Decide Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, President Biden’s nominee to interchange Justice Breyer, serves on the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was nominated to that place final 12 months by Mr. Biden.
On Monday, the identical day that the Supreme Courtroom reconvenes, the Senate Judiciary Committee will open its hearings on her nomination.
Few Republicans are anticipated to assist Decide Jackson, echoing her federal appeals court docket nomination, during which solely three Republicans voted for her affirmation.
Within the days main as much as the beginning of the committee hearings for her Supreme Courtroom bid, conservative lawmakers — together with the Senate minority chief, Mitch McConnell; and Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri— have escalated criticism about Decide Jackson’s report as a public defender.
If confirmed, she could be the primary Black girl to function a Supreme Courtroom justice.
Adam Liptak contributed reporting.