The U.S. Supreme Court has released few details regarding the health status of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who was hospitalized recently. However, signaling Thomas was on the road to recovery, on Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that Thomas was already participating (remotely) in U.S. Supreme Court arguments.
“Justice Thomas is participating remotely this morning,” Roberts said during Monday’s Supreme Court Session, sharing also that Thomas also asked multiple questions by phone.
Thomas was hospitalized for a week and released on Friday, days later than the timeline initially presented by the Court’s press office.
Last Sunday, a Court spokesperson indicated that the hospital would release Justice Thomas in a “day or two.”
The update released by the Court on Mar. 20 noted that Thomas “underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics. His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two.”
A previous RTM report noted that Chief Justice Roberts expected that Thomas would stay abreast of court happenings by reviewing briefs and transcripts of oral arguments presented to the Court.
A number of left-leaning government officials have been quick to note that after the retirement of Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Thomas will be the oldest justice on the bench. Many wish to replace the conservative Thomas with a young progressive.
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