Sotomayor injury ‘more severe than initially believed’

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s shoulder injury is more severe than initially believed, the court’s press office said Thursday.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said in a statement to The Hill that Sotomayor, 63, will sit for arguments next week but curtail activities that require travel.


Sotomayor broke her left shoulder when she fell at her home on Monday morning. The court said Tuesday she would be in a sling for several weeks and undergo physical therapy, but would not miss work.

On Thursday, Arberg said Sotomayor underwent additional testing to further define the left shoulder injury.

“The tests revealed that the fracture of her proximal humerus (the ball of the shoulder joint) is more severe than initially believed,” she said. “Further evaluation will determine treatment of the injury.”

The court is scheduled to hear arguments on Wednesday in a case challenging the constitutionality of President Trump’s travel ban.

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