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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Washington (AFP) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left the hospital Thursday after undergoing a heart procedure, a spokeswoman said.

The 81-year-old Ginsburg, a liberal on the nine-justice panel, had a stent placed in her right coronary artery early Wednesday, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

She was able to leave the hospital Thursday morning, which is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

Appointed to the top court by president Bill Clinton in 1993, she has had serious medical setbacks before.

However, Ginsburg told an interviewer earlier this year she did not plan to retire “as long as I can do the job full steam.”

In 1999, she underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatment after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

In 2009, she was operated on for pancreatic cancer.

AFP Photo/Tim Sloan

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  • Dominick Vila

    I wish Justice Ginsburg a rapid and lasting recovery. We need more people like her in the Supreme Court, courageous enough to support the spirit and the letter of the Constitution, instead of catering to the special interests that manipulate our political process from behind the scenes, and the efforts to go back to an era we should avoid at all cost.
    Unfortunately, Justice Ginsburg is not the only elderly Justice in poor health. This is likely to be the most contentious issue during the next two years, and one that will define the future of our society like none other.

    • Daley Butler

      I wish her swift recovery as well, but she needs to face reality and retire, and give Obama a chance to find a suitable replacement. I doubt she will be able to serve through the next POTUS cycle, which could possible be a radical Republican period.

      • Dominick Vila

        Unfortunately, the radical Republican period is going to start in January. With the GOP in full control of the purse, and confirmation of Supreme Court Justices, President Obama’s nomination are likely to go nowhere. The latter is likely to be the most pervasive manifestation of revenge and obstructionism by a political party that, if elections were influenced by the record, facts, and vision would not qualify to fill vacancies at a local Waste Management team.

  • tdm3624

    Being a Supreme Court Justice has to be one of the most difficult jobs out there.

  • Firey Hooks

    As this mom recently found out, Obama’s regime is viciously attacking the middle class: