Ginsburg misses Supreme Court arguments due to illness

Ginsburg misses Supreme Court arguments due to illness
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day MORE on Wednesday missed oral arguments due to a stomach bug.

Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking from the bench, said Ginsburg was “indisposed due to illness.” He said Ginsburg would participate in deciding the cases based on written briefs and oral argument recordings.


A court spokeswoman confirmed that Ginsburg was at home with a stomach bug.

The 86-year-old justice has faced recurring health concerns. Ginsburg, who is considered the leader of the court’s liberal wing, is a four-time cancer survivor.

In January, she missed her first oral argument in more than 25 years while recuperating from surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her lung.

The court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday: Comcast Corporation v. National Association of African American-Owned Media, et al., and Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC.